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Public Administration

Master of Public Administration
Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Graduate School
Application Deadline: July 1 for Fall Admission, November 15 for Spring Admission

Description

The purpose of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree exists to enhance individual, organizational, social and governmental capacity in the public and non-profit sectors by equipping pre-service and mid-career students with sound management skills and a public/non-profit philosophy to lead public institutions of the future with integrity, innovation, excellence and professionalism.

The MPA requires 36 semester credit hours and is offered in traditional and on-line formats.


  • Admission Process

    To be considered for admission to the MPA program, in addition to meeting Graduate School admission requirements, applicants must provide three letters of recommendation and a personal statement (why you want an MPA).

    Moreover, an applicant's undergraduate background must include courses with grades of "C" or higher in American national government and principles of economics or their equivalents.  If the student is deficient, these courses must be taken in addition to the graduate course requirements. Such undergraduate deficiencies must be completed prior to or during the first graduate enrollment period.

    For unconditional admission, a student must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (or 3.2 in the last 60 hours).

    For conditional admission, academic proficiency must be established by a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

    For more admissions information:

    In-Person/ Traditional Program: Go to ASU Graduate Admissions if U.S. citizen or http://www.astate.edu/info/admissions/international/graduate/ if not.

    Online Program: Go to ASU/Academic Partnerships at http://degree.astate.edu/

  • Additional Information

    FOUNDATION/CO-REQUISITE COURSES

    • POSC 2103 Intro to U.S. Government (or equivalent, or higher) and
    • ECON 2333 Economic Issues & Concepts (or equivalent, or higher)
    • Must complete prior to admission or during first year of program
    • Must make “B” or better

    BASIC PROGRAM INFORMATION

    • Number of Program Hours: 36  
    • Number of Courses Per Semester: 9 = full-time; 6=part-time
  • Checksheets & Degree Plans

    Checksheets

    Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.

  • MPA Vision Statement

    The Master of Public Administration Program at Arkansas State University exists to enhance individual, organizational, social and governmental capacity in the public and non-profit sectors by equipping pre-service and mid-career students with sound management skills and public/non-profit philosophy to lead public institutions of the future with integrity, innovation, excellence and professionalism.