Apr 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration, MPA

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The Master in Public Administration (MPA) program offers a professional degree that prepares students for careers of leadership in public service as analysts and managers in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors. Students enter the program with diverse academic backgrounds. 

The MPA is available residentially (on-campus) and in distance learning (online).  

Two dual degree programs are offered:  

  • a dual JD/MPA program and  
  • a dual Pharm.D./MPA degree.  
  • For more information about those programs, see Graduate Admission. 

The MPA is also partnered with the following programs for the University Scholars Program:  

  • BA in Political Science 
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES)  
  • BA in Agricultural Economics 
  • Undergraduates at Georgetown College 


Admission Requirements

Students applying are expected to have taken MA 109 (College Algebra) or equivalent and ECO 201 (Introduction to microeconomics) or equivalent.

Applicants must be prepared to submit:  

  • A one-to-three-page statement explaining why you wish to pursue an MPA degree.  
  • A resume or CV.  
  • Transcripts from each post-secondary institution that you have attended. They can be unofficial for admission purposes, but official transcripts must be submitted upon enrollment.   
    • Minimum of 2.75 GPA on all undergraduate coursework.  
    • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on all previous graduate level coursework.  
  • The e-mail addresses of at least two individuals who have agreed to write a recommendation letter on your behalf. Ideally, at least one letter is from an academic reference. 
  • International students will also need English Language test scores. 
    • Minimum of 79 on the internet based TOEFL, or 
    • Minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS 


Degree Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 40 credit hours of graduate work is required: 



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