Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (GLJ0)

Political Science
Smith Hall 738 (map)
304.696.6636 FAX: 304.696.3245
Dr. Marybeth Beller
Smith Hall 740F
Areas of Emphasis Offered: None
Certificates: None

: 36 credit hours.

Normal time to complete for full-time student: 2 years.

Program Highlights

The MPA includes courses in the Departments of Political Science; Management, Marketing and MIS; Psychology; Geography; Sociology and Anthropology; and Leadership Studies. The degree program also offers 3 areas of  specialization:General Administration Policy, Non-Profit Management and Urban Governance,

Program Objectives

The MPA will provide graduate training in academic, research and service to prepare students for leadership positions in public service, both in the non-profit and public sectors. The graduate curriculum consists of a 36 semester credit-hour requirement including a core of courses required by all students and a specialty concentration. The core consists of 18 semester credit-hours designed to train students to lead agencies in areas of budgetary development and management; data collection and analysis; personnel training; and policy development and implementation. All students are required to complete a six credit-hour practicum in their specialty area and to submit a portfolio for review at the end of the practicum.

Jobs Related to this Program:

For more information,  please click on the links below to the O*NET website supported by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Admission requirements and deadlines:

Applicants should follow the admissions process outlined in the Graduate Catalog or at the Graduate College website at

Fall enrollment: August 1; Spring enrollment: December 1; Summer enrollment: May 1

GRE required.

Program location