Master of Public Administration

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.

  • State, Local, and Regional Administration
  • Information Systems Administration
  • Nonprofit Administration

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.



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Program Snapshot

Format: Face-to-Face, Partially Online or Hybrid

Number of Credits: 36 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall, Spring

Time to Complete: Two-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall, July 1st
  • Spring, November 1st
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Admissions Requirements

The following are requirements beyond the general Graduate Admissions requirements.

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least 2.75 grade point average.
  • Submission of an application to the Office of Graduate Admissions and a non-refundable application fee; International students must also provide satisfactory TOEFL or IETLS scores.
  • Submit a statement of purpose essay of approximately 1,000 words addressing the following questions: “In what way do you expect the Master of Public Administration degree to affect or enhance your career goals and aspirations? 
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or work supervisors with direct knowledge of the applicant that address the applicant’s potential for graduate study and use of an MPA degree.

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.

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Public Administration Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • 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).

What can you do with a Public Administration degree?

'Typical MPA Occupations

  • Urban Planner
  • Human Resources Management
  • Federal Compliance Officer (OES)
  • Insurance Benefits Compliance
  • Administrative Services Manager

Atypical MPA Occupations

  • Administrators for a Medical or Dental Practice
  • Law Practice Managers
  • Securities and Investments Compliance
  • Territory, National, and Global Sales Managers
  • Architectural & Engineering Department Management

In many cases, earning a MPA brings a $20,000 wage premium vs. those who do not have an advanced degree.

Public Administration Salary and Career Information

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.                      

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