The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at KSU in Georgia is a professional degree that prepares you for leadership and administrative positions in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. Our student-oriented faculty combine solid academic learning, human-capital leadership training, and concrete, practical experiences.
The MPA degree is offered by the School of Government and International Affairs within the Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State. The program works in cooperation with the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service that provides community services and technical assistance to nonprofit and public organizations across Georgia.
You may choose one of the following concentrations or a combination of courses to total 12 credit hours. The concentration courses will enable you to prepare for a professional career in the public, and nonprofit sectors.
Why choose a MPA Degree?
The MPA program is an ideal option for students who aspire to hold leadership roles
in public governance at the local, regional, or national levels. Its primary objectives
include cultivating critical and creative thinking in graduates towards public issues,
imparting administrative and leadership skills necessary for public sector positions,
and providing a rigorous core curriculum that explores the theoretical foundations
of public service. In addition, the program fosters a commitment to public service
values and ethical behavior, while promoting a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
Ultimately, an MPA degree can equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values
required to create a positive impact in the public sector.
Format: Face-to-Face, Partially Online or Hybrid
Number of Credits: 36 Total Hours
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring
Time to Complete: Two-year Program
The following are requirements beyond the general Graduate Admissions requirements.
Students are admitted to the program based upon an overall review of all credentials including any work and community service experience that indicates potential success in graduate work and in professional public service.Apply now
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Increase Your Value – With planning, you can earn two degrees. Regardless of your career twists and turns, you will be prepared for private or public sector advancement.
Improve Your International Acumen – The MPA’s popular study-abroad component gives you an advantage as you navigate working with people internationally.
Get the Best for Less – National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) accreditation means you can trust that your employer will respect your degree. Wherever you go next in your career at the same time, a MPA from Kennesaw State is very affordable and offers the potential for a significant return on your investment (ROI).
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In many cases, earning a MPA brings a $20,000 wage premium vs. those who do not have an advanced degree.
A career in public administration offers many paths that can easily align with your current and future goals. Below are just a few jobs achievable with a master’s degree in public administration from KSU.