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Public Administration - MPA

MSU's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program actively engages students in a dynamic learning environment, combining coursework and hands-on research. The curriculum will challenge you to examine issues shaping local and national level policies, equipping you with knowledge and skills in theory, methodology and innovative practice in the interdisciplinary field of public administration. Graduates of this program lead and manage a diverse range of government, public service, nonprofit, education and health care organizations.

The MPA program is a 40-43 credit hour program with a required one hour internship and thesis or capstone research experience. Students can choose between two areas of concentration: Security Studies, Intelligence and Theory or Economic Development and Intergovernmental Management.

Scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available for qualified full and part-time students.

Full-time Scholarships 
Tuition scholarships may be received based upon academic merit. Scholarships rang from $1,250 to $5,000 a year. Applications must be completed and are reviewed by April 30 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

Graduate Assistantships 
Graduate assistantships or research assistantships range from $5,000 up to $10,000 and provide the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects for up to 20 hrs. per week. Graduate assistantships do not include tuition remission at Morehead State University.

Research Assistantships 
These are competitive based upon academic merit. Applications must be completed and are reviewed by April 30. These applications are submitted to the Graduate Program Director by email or via the Department of History, Philosophy, Politics, International Studies and Legal Studies.

Part-time Scholarships 
Qualified part-time students may receive scholarships of up to $500. 

Research Positions 
Students may be hired to assist faculty with ongoing research projects. Contact MPA Director Dr. James Masterson at 606-783-2655 to discuss current opportunities.

Program Requirements


Program Competencies

  1. Students will be actively engaged in research and learning exercises that will develop comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of public administration.
  2. Students will become familiar with American government and public sector institutions and the processes that are responsible for the formation and execution of public policy.
  3. Students will engage in learning exercises and research projects that will develop an understanding of the links between public administration and organizational behavior, public sector management, intergovernmental relations, public finance and governmental policy.
  4. Students will participate in courses, seminars and learning exercises that will develop an understanding of the institutions and processes that are responsible for the formation and execution of public policy in sub-national governments.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program pursue careers in government, public service, education, and nonprofit organizations.

MSU's Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

Program Outcomes

Data recently collected for our 2016-17 Program Review indicates that the MPA program at MSU has high graduation rates. For instance, our 2010-11 cohort graduation rated is 77%, with 62% of the cohort graduating within 2 years, and 69% of the cohort graduating within 4 years.

Data from our most recent MPA Alumni Survey indicates that 80% of our graduates seeking employment obtained a job, while 18% of our students went on to pursue further graduate education.

Overall, 91% of respondents in our recent alumni survey reported that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their education in the MPA program.

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