Public Administration


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree that prepares students for administrative and leadership positions in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. The program's student and teaching oriented faculty seek to contribute to the development of professional individuals with an ethos of democratic administration by providing them with a combination of solid academic learning and concrete practical experiences.

The MPA Program is a 36 semester-hour course of study that consists of three components: An 8-course core curriculum is required of all students (24 hours); a 3-course concentration of the student's choice (9 hours); and a professional exercise (3 hours). 


This program accepts applications in Fall and Spring; the deadlines are:

Fall April 1; Spring October 1

See the list of available start terms and document deadlines here. Please note that completed applications and all required credentials must be submitted by the posted deadline.


  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended.  Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least 2.75 grade point average;
  • Submission of an application to the Office of Graduate Admisions and a non-refundable application fee; International applicants must also provide satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores; 
  • Submit a statement of purpose essay of approximately 1,000 words addressing the following questions: "In what way do you expect the Master of Public Administration degree to affect or enhance your career goals and aspirations?
  • A current résumé;
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or work supervisors with direct knowledge of the applicant that address the applicant's potential for graduate study and use of an MPA degree.  MUST BE UPLOADED TO APPLICATION
  • Students are admitted to the program based upon an overall review of all credentials including any work and community service experience that indicates potential success in graduate work and in professional public service.


Program Director: Dr. Jerry Herbel
Program Office:  470-578-7869;
Program Website: