Traditional Master's

Missouri State’s public administration graduate program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration through a rigorous national accreditation process. Meeting this organization's criteria means you’ll receive the resources necessary to achieve the goals that matter to you.

Graduate students in the public administration program are individuals with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, many of whom work full-time and are practicing public administrators and non-profit organization professionals.

Similar program

If you're interested in gaining graduate-level knowledge and skills in public administration without pursuing a full master's degree, consider the graduate certificate in public management.

Admission requirements

To be admitted into the Master’s of Public Administration program, you must meet specific requirements:

Entrance requirements

  1. 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Three strong letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors and/or persons well acquainted with the applicant's education and abilities.  Letters should be submitted directly to Dr. Patrick Scott, Director of the MPA program.
  3. A minimum score of 290 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general examination.
  4. Applicants with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 and/or score of less than 290 on the GRE test may be admitted to the program on a provisional status at the discretion of the MPA director.  A personal interview may be required.
  5. Foreign students applying for admission to the MPA program who do not have an undergraduate degree from an American university must have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate degree at an accredited university. They must also demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in English by either having achieved a score of 550 on the paper-based, or a comparable score of 79 on the IBT or internet- based TOEFL, or by other equivalent means.