The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree that prepares students for administrative positions in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. The program’s intensively teaching-oriented faculty and Kennesaw State’s active commitment to “excellence in education, applied research, and community service” ensures that MPA students develop true administrative exper-tise with a sense of ethics and empathy. The MPA Program is a 36 semester-hour course of study that consists of three components: A 7-course core curriculum is required of all stu-dents (21 hours); a 4-course concentration of the student’s choice (12 hours); and a profes-sional exercise (3 hours). Classes are offered during the evening hours and weekends.
The MPA Program is housed in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs. The program works in cooperation with a number of other departments as well as the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research that provides community services and technical as-sistance to nonprofit and public organizations in Georgia.
The MPA Program is formally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
MPA curriculum consists of 7
core classes, a concentration
of 4 classes, and a professional exercise.
Starting in Fall of 2009, KSU is also offering a MBA-MPA Dual Degree Program. For more information on this new program, please view the following link:
MBA-MPA Dual Degree program
Program admission requires:
- Submission of an application to the gradu-ate admission office and a non-refundable application fee.
- Baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited in a manner accepted by Kenne-saw State University.
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
- A combined score of 900 (verbal, quantita-tive, and analytical) on General Test of the GRE or 450 of the GMAT.
- International students must also produce satisfactory TOEFL or IETLS scores.
- A letter that states the applicant’s interest and goals for the MPA.
- A current résumé.
- Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential for graduate study and use of the MPA degree.
- Valid Immunization Certificate for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
International Student Requirements in addition to above requirements must also meet the following requirments:
- International applicants must have their foreign credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. Course-by-course evaluations, equivalence to an accredited U.S. degree or number of years toward completion, and grade point average equivalents are required.
- International students from countries where English is not the primary language must submit a TOEFL score of 550 (or 213 if using computer-based total) or above to be considered for admission. Applicants from Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierre Leone, South Africa, Tobago, Trinidad, United Kingdom, or Zimbabwe may be exempt from this requirement.
- As an alternative, the IELTS will be accepted; the minimum required score is 6.02.
- Affidavit of support from the sponsor (F-1 Visa students only)
- Certified financial letter from sponsor’s bank showing that funds are available for one year of study
- Valid passport with an I-94 is to be submitted upon arrival at Kennesaw State University (F-1 Visa Students only).
Admissions decisions are based upon an overall evaluation of
all these elements and the promise of success in graduate work
and in professional public service that these qualifications
demonstrate. For additional information, please consult the
Kennesaw State University 2008-2009
Graduate Catalog or go to the Graduate Studies site
For access to the Graduate Studies application go to:
to 9 hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions
may be transferred. To be transferred course work from other
institutions must correspond to Kennesaw State's MPA curriculum.
Students will need to provide course descriptions and syllabi
wherever possible, and the amount of credit granted will be
determined by the program director. Such course work may be
no more than five years old.
and Candidacy for Graduation:
graduation, a graduate student must have earned a cumulative
grade point average of at least 3.0 in all graduate course
work with a grade of C or better in each course presented
to meet degree requirements. Earning grades below B
in any graduate courses will result in changes in a student's
academic standing as outlined in Academic Regulations provided
in the graduate catalog. MPA candidates must petition
to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of their
additional information about the MPA Program at Kennesaw State