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Master of Public Administration, M.P.A.

About the Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares students for careers in public and nonprofit organizations. With specialized concentrations in public management and nonprofit administration, students have the ability to develop technical skills and expertise in these important and growing areas.

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. An integrated program of study teaches public administration though a carefully planned curriculum organized around a set of core management courses, a chosen program concentration, and a field internship.

The program of study culminates in a comprehensive examination. Graduates of the program are skilled in applying theory and analyzing data to solve real world problems in management and public policy. The MPA program is housed in the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies, which serves as a focal point for scholarship, teaching, and professional service in the fields of Public Administration and Policy.

Program Contact Information

Trenton J. Davis, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Director, Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies

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.
  7. OR Completion of the Certificate in Public and Nonprofit management with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)

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

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.



Priority: March 1*

Final: July 31*


Priority: October 1*

Priority: November 15*


April 1*

*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: 1/12/2021