Program Description

The master of public administration program with a specialization in state and local government administration prepares students for careers leading and managing state and local governments. Students in this specialization are often able to obtain positions such as city manager of a local government, executive director of a special purpose government, budget analyst and program analyst. 

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The program is one of the few MPA programs in the nation to have its own research entity, the Transnational Initiative on Governance Research and Education Network (TIGRE-Net). The department offers teaching and graduate assistantships to students in the MPA program, as well as a multitude of scholarships and fellowships.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MPA program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8;
  • completion of an undergraduate statistics, economics or research methods course;
  • official transcripts showing all previous university course work;
  • three letters of recommendation from former professors or public service professionals who can speak to your abilities and aptitudes;
  • a current resume; and
  • a two to three-page essay discussing your prior educational and work experiences and how an MPA degree will enhance your future plans.

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Graduation Requirements

The program emphasizes the mastery of public service competencies throughout the program with an emphasis on state and local government. This concentration has specific elective courses that must be successfully completed prior to graduation. Students will demonstrate their mastery of these competencies in the public service competencies course.


The program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, & Administration (NASPAA).  NASPAA accreditation is the internationally recognized symbol of excellence in public administration education.

Career Outlook

For More Information

Thomas Greitens
Director of the Master of Public Administration Program
Anspach Hall 246