Political Science and Public Administration
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MPA Program

Master of Public Administration

Offering Evening, Online and Ft. Bragg Classes!

Dr. Dan Barbee (standing) with MPA students during summer immersion course.

Dr. Dan Barbee (standing) with MPA students during summer immersion course.

The MPA program intends to train students for leadership positions within public and non-profit sector organizations and bureaucracies.  Students interested in private sector employment in industries with strong governmental interactions and regulation will also benefit from seeking an MPA degree.

We believe in “aggressive” career development, preparing you to move beyond existing career directions, to move across positions and organizations as opportunities arise, and help you use each successive experience beneficially in your next position. Our concern is not with your current position, but your next position; we are not training you to “stay where you are” but to move into a higher-level position, and the position after that...

MPA programOur program does not require a particular background.  Students with strong verbal, analytical, and quantitative skills will do well in our core courses, and prepare themselves from their elective and concentration classes.  We do not require you to have an undergraduate major such as public administration, political science, economics, business administration, and other social sciences, although our training will enhance your prior training.  We recognize that many students will come to us with work experience but undergraduate degrees in other fields; our core courses will build upon prior coursework for those who had it, and “catch up” those students from other academic backgrounds.

We offer courses through one of three delivery methods: on-campus, online, and in-class at a satellite campus.  Students select one of these delivery methods for their core courses; electives and concentration courses can be offered using any of these methods.

 Application Deadlines:

The following application deadline has been established by the MPA Admissions Committee:

  • Fall deadline: April 1st 
  • Spring deadline: October 15th
  • Summer deadline: No Admissions for Summer Sessions