Master of Public Administration
Calling all leaders.
Prepare to make a difference in your community, your region and beyond. Murray State University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, offered as either a traditional or entirely online program, readies students for a successful career as upper-level administrators in public service organizations. Whether you are currently employed or desire to work in the public or private sector, this program is ideal for individuals to advance professionally in the field of public administration.
100 percent online program provides the ultimate convenience.
Our online MPA students are not limited by times of the day or days of the week while pursuing their degree. Work towards your degree at times that are most convenient for you! Many of our courses also feature e-textbooks, adding even more convenience and reducing the cost of your overall degree.
Earn your graduate degree in just 12 months.
Graduates can complete their degree in as little as one year -- and many of our graduates have achieved their MPA in less than two years.
MPA Program Concentrations
Murray State’s MPA program offers students a chance to develop their areas of specialization with various concentration options. Currently, we offer four concentrations in the areas of Nonprofit Leadership, Economic Development, Health Administration, and Public and Community Health. Students also can develop their own concentrations in their areas of interest.Click the arrow for more information
Healthcare is one the largest industries and employers in the United States. Students interested in the different facets of health care administration may complete 21 hours in this area.
Public and Community Health
The field of community health is expected to grow significantly. Students interested in promoting and implementing health promotion programs will complete 21 hours in public and community health.
The nonprofit sector is one of the most dynamic, culturally diverse, and fastest growing industries. Students who choose this concentration will take 12 hours of courses in nonprofit leadership studies.
Economic development is one of the main concerns for all governments. Students interested in this concentration will take 12 hours of courses in economic development.
Non Thesis Track
Total Course Requirements - 33 hours
- POL 673 Public Budgeting and Finance
- POL 681 Human Resource Administration
- POL 660 Research Methods
- POL 670 Foundations of Public Administration
- POL 671 Public Policy Analysis
- POL 674 Public Organizations
- POL 685 Public Administration Capstone
- Graduate Electives (12 hrs)
- A student may take 12 hours of graduate electives from outside the Department of Government, Law and International Affairs to fulfill a specialized option or area of interest with the approval of the M.P.A. director.
- At least half of the total course work must be taken at the 600 level.
- A maximum of 12 hours of relevant graduate courses with a grade of B or better may be transferred from a regionally accredited university for credit in the M.P.A. program. No more than nine hours of comparable courses may be transferred into the core as evaluated by the M.P.A. director. Official transferral of this credit shall take place after successful completion of nine hours of graduate work at Murray State University.
The listed requirements provide an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Murray State Bulletin applicable at the time of the student's enrollment.
Requirements for Admission
The GRE is not required for admission. Applicants must meet Murray State University requirements. Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows.
To qualify for unconditional admission, an applicant must have:
- an undergraduate major in political science, other social science or business, or substantial background in relevant disciplines;
- a grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale);
- students whose native language is not English must present a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on paper based test or 213 on computer based test.
For conditional admission, an applicant may have:
- a grade point average between 2.25 and 2.74 (on a 4.00 scale) or
- an overall grade point average of 2.0 to 2.24 if the student’s experience is evaluated by the director and faculty of the M.P.A. program as indicating the likelihood of success;
- students whose native language is not English must present a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on paper based test or 213 on computer based test before the completion of nine (9) graduate hours.
Our graduates are successful leaders
Murray State MPA graduates are employed in federal, state and local government offices as well as non-profit organizations and for-profit firms. Our graduates are making a difference every day in the following careers:
“The MPA program at Murray State provided a deep understanding of public service and the complexities surrounding public policy formation and implementation. Anyone pursuing a career within the public sector, or careers that involve interaction with the public sector, should consider the MPA program as essential. Understanding the political, social and personal motivations that drive our society have been fundamental to becoming more effective and efficient with my current occupation.”
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