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Master of Public Administration


Ranked 25th in the country on the list of the Top 50 Online Master’s Degrees in Public Administration 2015 by

MPA Program Mission

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.

MPA Program Goals
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

Public Service Values
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

MPA Curriculum 

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).

MPA Core Faculty

  • 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.,  Assistant 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

Careers in Public Service

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%). Learn more about our alumni and their careers by visiting our Alumni Profile page.

Contact Information

Georgia College
Campus Box 18
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Michele Williams

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