Public Administration M.P.A.

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The MPA degree is a professional degree for those seeking careers in the public sector and related career fields. The Georgia College MPA program develops a wide variety of skills needed by managers to implement policies, oversee projects and direct programs. MPA program alumni work in a variety of settings at all levels of government as well as 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. Our graduates have jobs in a variety of fields including federal, state, and local government, as well as private and non-profit government 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS


Our MPA program has earned U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Program” ranking in its just-published 2021 edition

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Georgia College's online MPA program has been selected as the 13th best in the nation by Intelligent.com, with a unique distinction of high job placement rate. Read more from Intelligent.com.

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Georgia College has been ranked as having the 7th most affordable online MPA program in a 2019 ranking by OnlineU.org Read more from OnlineU.org.

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AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO), has recognized Georgia College for offering the 23rd best online public administration programs in the country. Read more from AffordableCollegesOnline.org.

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. 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.

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
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).

Admissions Requirements

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

All Applicants

  1. Must have completed requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting association.
  2. 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 requirement 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 Public Administration 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 Public Administration 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 in Milledgeville 478-445-5016.

Deadlines for Application

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

Tuition and Fees
MPA Advisory Board
  • Jen Yearwood, Alumni, GCSU
  • Joel Wiggins, Alumni, The Southern Group
  • Pamela Peek, Community Partner, Boys and Girls Club
  • Barbara Coleman, Community Partner, Life Enrichment Center
Graduation and Employment Information

Graduation Rates

  AY 2014 - 2015 AY 2015 - 2016 AY 2016 - 2017 AY 2017 - 2018 AY 2018 - 2019 AY 2019 - 2020
Initially Enrolled 35 46 78 67 62 53
Graduated within 2 years 6 7 7 6 14 3
Graduated within 3 years 6 10 13 10 14  
Total Student Graduated 6 10 13 10 14  

Job Placement

  2018 2019 2020 2021
Further Graduate Study     1  
Employment in a school or community college     1  
Employment in business or industry        
Federal government service 1 1 1  
State government service   1 1  
Local government service 1      
Employment in a non-profit organization     1  
Self-employment        
Military Service        
Not seeing employment at this time   1    
Employment & Internship Opportunities

Visit the Career Center for job placement opportunities

Contact Information

Clif Wilkinson, A.B.D.

Senior Lecturer of Political Science & Public Administration, Internship Coordinator
2-22 Arts & Sciences Building
(478) 445-0958
wc.wilkinson@gcsu.edu

Current and Future Student Resources

MPA Coordinator

Meet Dr. Kennedy

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Brandy Kennedy

Brandy Kennedy, Ph.D.

Carl Vinson Endowed Chair of Political Science & Public Administration, Masters of Public Administration Coordinator
2-20 Arts & Sciences Building
(478) 445-7384
Research
  • Bureaucratic Role Perception and Representation
  • Political Behavior and Public Opinion

Program Contact Information

MPA Program Coordinator

Dr. Brandy Kennedy
Campus Box 18 | 2-20 Arts & Sciences
Georgia College
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-7384
brandy.kennedy@gcsu.edu

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