The Master of Public Administration is a 48 credit hour degree that prepares students for careers in public and nonprofit management. The program requires students to take 10 core courses (30 credit hours), five electives (15 credit hours), and an internship (3 credit hours). Specializations are offered in emergency management, nonprofit management, evaluation, and urban management.
- One page personal essay explaining reasons for pursuing the degree program
- GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT (if undergraduate cumulative grade point average is below 3.0)
- Three letters of recommendation (required only if applying for a graduate assistantship)
Applications to the master's degree program in Public Administration are accepted on a rolling basis.
Applicants who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship must meet the following application deadlines:
- April 1 for Summer enrollment
- July 1 for Fall enrollment
- November 15 for Spring enrollment
All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.
Financial Aid Information
Paying for college is a vital part of the education process! it is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.
Tuition and Fees
Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.