Department of Political Science and International Affairs

The Master in Public Administration

Master of Public Administration Program Description

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree that prepares persons interested in public service for administrative and leadership positions in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. The program’s student and teaching oriented faculty seek to contribute to the development of professional individuals with an ethos of democratic administration by providing them with a combination of solid academic learning and concrete practical experiences. The MPA Program is located in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs. The Program works in cooperation with a number of other departments as well as the A. L. Burruss Institute of Public Service that provides community services and technical assistance to nonprofit and public organizations in Georgia.

Accreditation

The Master of Public Administration Program is formally accredited by National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

General Requirements for Admission to the MPA Program

MPA Program admission requires:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least 2.75 grade point average;
  • Submission of an application to the Office of Graduate Admissions and a non-refundable application fee;
  • A minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions with a 3.5 minimum score on the analytical writing section of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a combined score of 450 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). (Students submitting scores for the GRE taken prior to November 1, 2011, must submit a minimum combined score of 900 on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Examination.) Applicants may make a formal request to waive this requirement only when the applicant has completed another graduate degree program and an appropriate transcript is submitted in support of the request; International students must also provide satisfactory TOEFL or IETLS scores;
  • An application letter that states the applicant’s interest and goals for the MPA Program and the potential use of the degree;
  • A current résumé;
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential for graduate study and use of an MPA degree;

Students are admitted to the program based upon an overall review of all credentials including any work and community service experience that indicates potential success in graduate work and in professional public service.

Transfer Credit

Up to nine semester hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. To be transferred, course work from other institutions must correspond to Kennesaw State University’s MPA curriculum. Students will need to provide course descriptions and syllabi wherever possible, and the amount of credit granted will be at the discretion of the program director. Such course work may be no more than five years old.

Grades

Expectations for satisfactory graduate level student performance are detailed in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Petition to Graduate

MPA candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of their degree requirements.

Program of Study

The MPA Program is a 36 semester-hour course of study that consists of three components: A 7-course core curriculum required of all students (21 hours); a 4-course concentration of the student’s choice (12 hours); and a professional exercise (3 hours). Students will be required to participate in a program assessment exercise prior to graduation.

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum - 21 Credit Hours

The core curriculum ensures that every MPA graduate is versed in both the theory and practice of this professional field. Courses include the history and values of democratic administration, the institutions and individuals that comprise it, and the tools used to achieve the goals of such administration.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PAD 6200
    Fundamentals of Public Administration and Public Service
    3
  • PAD 6250
    Research Methods and Computer Applications
    3
  • PAD 6300
    Public Organization Theory
    3
  • PAD 6350
    Public Service Budgeting
    3
  • PAD 6450
    Governmental Relations
    3
  • PAD 6700
    Human Resource Management in Public Service
    3

  • PAD 6500
    Policy Analysis
    3
  • or
  • PAD 6600
    Program Evaluation
    3

Concentrations - 12 Hours Credits

The concentration courses enable students to prepare themselves for professional careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. Students will choose one of the following concentrations.

Governmental Administration

Required:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PAD 7455
    Administrative Law
    3

Select three of the following:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • MSCM 7100
    Introduction to Conflict Management
    3
  • PAD 7120
    Health Policy
    3
  • PAD 7130
    Regional Politics and Policy
    3
  • PAD 7150
    Contemporary Public Issues
    3
  • PAD 7230
    Local Governance and City Management
    3
  • PAD 7250
    Leadership and Ethics in Public Service
    3
  • PAD 7390
    Public Financial Management
    3
  • PAD 7430
    Regional and Local Planning
    3

Information Systems Administration

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • IS 8100
    Advanced IT project Management
    3
  • IS 8700
    Information Systems Policy and Strategy
    3

Students will select one other graduate IS or MPA course, or other graduate course approved by the program director.

Nonprofit Administration

Required:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PAD 7100
    Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector
    3
  • PAD 7180
    Nonprofit Governance and Administration
    3

Select three of the following:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • MSCM 7100
    Introduction to Conflict Management
    3
  • PAD 7120
    Health Policy
    3
  • PAD 7130
    Regional Politics and Policy
    3
  • PAD 7140
    International Environmental Policy
    3
  • PAD 7150
    Contemporary Public Issues
    3
  • PAD 7250
    Leadership and Ethics in Public Service
    3

MPA Professional Exercises - 3 Credit Hours

Students are required to select one of the following with the consent of the program director:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • PAD 7985
    Internship in Public Service
    3
  • PAD 7995
    Public Service Practicum
    3

Program Total (36 Credit Hours)


Special Notes:

Kennesaw State University offers qualified students the opportunity to apply for a dual option MBA/MPA Program. MBA-MPA is a dual degree with the Coles College of Business and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. To be admitted into the dual degree program, the applicant must specify the option at the time of application to the Graduate School. Students interested in applying for the dual degree option MBA/MPA Program should consult with either the MPA Director or MBA Director with regard to the admission requirements and required courses.