Graduate – Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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 several other departments and 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, nonprofit sectors.

  • Government Administration
  • Information Systems Administration
  • Nonprofit Administration

Why choose an MPA Degree?

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

What can you do with an MPA degree? 

'Typical' MPA Occupations

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

'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
  • IT and Computer Systems Management
  • Policy Departments within Corporations

In many cases, earning an 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.

*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net Online

Dual Degree Options

Do you want to be even more marketable?  Consider planning your courses to earn a dual MPA/MBA degree, or a dual MPA and Master of Arts in Integrated Global Communication (MAIGC)

MPA 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, 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.

School of Government and International Affairs Contact Information

Kennesaw State University
School of Government and International Affairs

402 Bartow Ave MB #2205
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

Contact: Maureen Wilson

Phone: (470) 578-7869

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