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Master of Public Administration, M.P.A.

About the Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional graduate degree program designed for management and administration within the public sector and nonprofit organizations. The MPA program provides you with focused training to work in a leadership role, helping you master a broad set of skills including budgeting and finance, economic analysis, human resource management, policy analysis, information technology, resource development and grant writing, program evaluation and board governance.  The MPA program’s curriculum is designed to appeal to both pre-service students seeking entry-level management positions and in-service professionals interested in opportunities for further intellectual growth and career advancement.

The MPA at Georgia Southern is offered as a hybrid program. Our program provides an innovative and effective education that combines the best of online and in-person course delivery. For example, a typical 16-week hybrid MPA course divides up online (50%) and in-person (50%) instruction across the semester. In-person instruction takes place on Georgia Southern’s Statesboro Campus. The Statesboro Campus is the oldest and largest campus at the University and is also home to the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies.

Program Contact Information

Trenton J. Davis, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Department Chair and MPA Director
Professor of Public Administration
mpa@georgiasouthern.edu
912-478-1400

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by proper regional accrediting association.
  2. A 2.75 (4.0) cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work.
  3. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 must submit official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 are not required to submit exam scores.
  4. A current resume detailing relevant work experience.
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant’s academic or employment experience.
  6. Statement of career goals and objectives.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (www.naces.org)

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Non-Degree Admission 

In cases of incomplete admission applications, an applicant must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and will be restricted to a maximum of three courses without gaining provisional or regular admission status.

Deadlines

Fall

Priority: March 1*

Final: July 31*

Spring

Priority: October 1*

Priority: November 15*

Summer

April 1* – See Note Below

NOTE: Students interested in summer term admission should contact the department prior to submitting an application.

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 4/26/2021