Graduate – Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) 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 Program is located in the School of Government and International Affairs within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State. The program works in cooperation with a number of other departments, as well as the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service that provides community services and technical assistance to nonprofit and public organizations across Georgia.

Why an MPA Degree?

As businesses and organizations become more globalized, the traditional MBA alone (see our dual MPA/MBA degree option) is often heavy on data and finance, while light on management. As large corporations become more complex, if you can navigate the internal politics of large organizations, you will be highly valued – regardless if the organization is private sector, government or other non-profit. The focus on critical thinking and people management skills makes an MPA the advanced degree of the future.

Dual Degree Options

Plan your courses correctly and you can earn a dual MPA/MBA degree, or a dual MPA and Master of Arts in Integrated Global Communication (MAIGC)

MPA Salary and Career Information

'Typical' MPA Occupations

  • Urban Planner: $73,050
  • Human Resources Management - $128,370
  • Federal Compliance officer (OES): $82,910
  • Insurance Benefits Compliance: $71,900
  • Administrative Services Manager: $96,180
  • Emergency Management: $74,420

'Atypical' MPA Occupations

  • Administrators for a Medical or Dental Practice - $99,730
  • Law Practice Managers – $120,910
  • Securities and investments compliance: $89,500
  • Territory, National and Global Sales Managers - $147,210
  • Architectural  & Engineering Department Management - $140,700
  • IT and Computer Systems Management - $142,400
  • Policy Departments within Corporations - $104,000 + depending upon size and number of staff

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

Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019 and

MPA Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Increase Your Value – With advance planning, you can earn two degrees. Regardless 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 wherever you go next in your career, your degree will be respected by your employer. At the same time, an MPA from Kennesaw State is very affordable and offers the potential for significant return on your investment (ROI).
  • Use Your Experience Gained – The GRE waiver option takes into account your experience as a working adult. GRE waivers are available for qualified applicants.

Department Contact Information

Master of Public Administration - MPA
Kennesaw State University
402 Bartow Ave MB #2205
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

Maureen Wilson
(470) 578-7869

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1Program tuition is an estimate based on the average student's time to complete. Costs for books, travel, other miscellaneous fees (parking, labs, graduation, etc.) are not included. Tuition and fee changes are posted in the Spring and are effective for Fall semester. Please note that fees are subject to change at the end of any academic term without prior notice. For additional information, see tuition and fees or graduate program financial aid.