Public Administration M.P.A.

The MPA degree is the professional degree for those seeking a public service career. The Georgia College MPA program develops the skills used by managers to implement policies, projects and programs. MPA program alumni work in all levels of government, in nonprofit organizations delivering services in health care, youth and human services, in housing and community development, in international development and in public service-related private businesses. According to our Alumni Survey (2015), our MPA graduates work in federal (17%), State (25%) and City, County, or other Local (42%) governments. But they also can be found in nonprofit (8%) and in the private sector (8%).

Georgia College Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Georgia College has been selected as one of Best Colleges "Best Online Master's in Public Administration Programs" for 2017.  
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Georgia College has been identified as having one of the most affordable online Master¹s degree programs in Public Administration for 2016. 
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Ranked 25th in the country on the list of the Top 50 Online Master’s Degrees in Public Administration 2015

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Degree Requirements

The online Master of Public Administration program prepares students to ethically and competently serve, manage, and lead in the diverse public sector through teaching, research, and service to the discipline and broader community. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in the public sector, promote diversity of the study body and faculty and cultivate faculty committed to teaching, scholarship and service.


To accomplish our mission, we seek to:
  • Prepare students for careers in the public sector
  • Promote the diversity of the student body and faculty
  • Cultivate faculty committed to teaching, scholarship, and service

We seek to:
  • Pursue the public interest with accountability and transparency
  • Serve professionally with competence, efficiency, and objectivity
  • Act ethically
  • Demonstrate respect, equity, and fairness


The 36-credit MPA program is offered in a convenient online format designed for the busy working professional. The program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study. The Georgia College's MPA program has received national acclaim for its design and content. The program is accredited with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).


For general information regarding Graduate Admissions, please see Graduate Admissions.

Deadlines for Application

Fall:  July 1
Spring:  November 1
Summer:  April 1

All Applicants

Must have completed requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting association.
Submit a current resume detailing relevant work experience.


Regular Admission

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 are not required to submit exam scores.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA 2.75 - 2.99 must submit official scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) scores.  Scores must be within the last five years.


The applicant must have:

GRE:    A combined score of 290 (verbal and quantitative) or
GMAT: 450 or
MAT:   395

Applicants may make a formal request to waive these requirements only when the applicant has completed another graduate degree program and an appropriate transcript is submitted in support of the request.

NOTE: Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 - If using a paper application, please indicate in the test score area that you are requesting a test waiver based on undergraduate GPA.  If applying online, please send an email to grad-admit@gcsu.edu notifying Graduate Admissions that you are requesting a test waiver based on  undergraduate GPA

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission may be granted to applicants with at least a 2.75 GPA who have scored:

GRE:          280-289 or
GMAT:      400-449 or
MAT:         380-394

Provisional admission will be considered for applicants who do not meet the academic requirements if strong evidence of ability to perform well in graduate work is provided through reference to work experience or other means.

Provisional status may be granted for a maximum of one academic year. All students admitted under provisional status must maintain a 3.00 or higher GPA during the probationary period.
At the completion of the provisional period of time, a decision will be made as to accepting the student as a regular admission.
To gain regular admission, a provisionally admitted student must take in that status the equivalent of a semester’s full load (9 to 12 hours) of MPA courses and maintain a 3.00 GPA in all graduate coursework).

Transfer Credit

Up to 9 hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. To be transferred course work from other institutions must correspond to Georgia College’s MPA curriculum. Students will need to provide course descriptions and syllabi wherever possible, and the amount of credit granted will be determined by the program director. Such course work may be no more than five years old.

The test date must be within the past five years. You do not need to submit scores from a subject achievement test. The GRE is now only given electronically at Sylvan Learning Centers, located throughout the U.S., including a site in Macon. The MAT is administered at both our Milledgeville 478-445-5016 and Warner Robins 478-327-7376 campuses.

Coate, Roger, Ph.D., Paul D. Coverdell Endowed Chair of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
The Ohio State University
Non-Profit Management, International Administration
 
Edmondson, Henry, Ph.D.,  Carl Vinson Endowed Chair of Political Science and Public Administration
University of Georgia
Ethics, Administrative Law
 
Kennedy, Brandy, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
University of Oklahoma
Public Finance & Budgeting, Personnel Management
 
Kim, Min, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor of Public Administration &
Program Coordinator
Arizona State University
Public Financial Management, Quantitative Research Methods
 
Spirou, Costas, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology & Public Administration & Department Chair
Loyola University Chicago
Mayoral Leadership & Policymaking, Economic Development
 
Wilkinson, Clifton, Jr., Senior Lecturer of Political Science & Public Administration & Internship Coordinator
MPA, Georgia College
Public Policy, State and Local Government

Brett Cook
City Manager
Darien, Georgia  

Adam Edge 
Downtown and Business Development Manager 
Suwanee, Georgia

Michelle Elliot
Archway Professional
Pulaski County 

Johnny Grant
Director of Community Engagement and Economic Development  
Georgia College

Gary Sanders
City Administrator
Eatonton, Georgia

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is the professional degree for those seeking a public service career. The Georgia College MPA program develops the skills used by managers to implement policies, projects and programs. MPA program alumni work in all levels of government, in nonprofit organizations delivering services in health care, youth and human services, in housing and community development, in international development, and in public service-related private businesses. According to our Alumni Survey (2014), our MPA graduates work in federal (37%), State (37%) and City, County, or other Local (12%) governments. But they also can be found in nonprofits (2%) and the private sector (7%).

 

Program Contact Information

MPA Program Administrator

 

MPA Coordinator

Min Kim, Ph.D.
Campus Box 18 | 2-27 Arts & Sciences
Georgia College
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-7393
min.kim@gcsu.edu

 

Request Information

 

Department of Government and Sociology
Arts and Sciences room 2-03  |  Campus Box 18
​Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4562
Fax: (478) 445-5273