Admissions Requirements

Admission criteria

Admission to the certificate program requires the same application materials as the MPA. This includes a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, a 3.00 overall grade point average and three letters of recommendation. Unlike the MPA degree, a standardized examination such as the GRE is not required. Admission is open to qualified persons without regard to age, physical disability, national origin, race, religion or gender. 

In addition to the general requirements specified in the Missouri State University Graduate Catalog, selection is made on the basis of prior academic performance, professional accomplishments, and other indicators of the ability to successfully pursue graduate education and a professional career in public management.

Students who do not meet the normal admission requirements, but who show an indication of high promise, will be considered for probationary admission. The director of the MPA program will define probationary conditions and convey those to the student.

Admission deadlines

A bachelors is required for admission.  Application packages should be received by the program office one month prior to the semester you wish to begin. Students may begin the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.

Required courses - 12 hours total

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PLS 752 Public Personnel Management 3 hrs
PLS 753 Management Techniques and Organizational Behavior 3 hrs
PLS 756 Budgeting and Financial Management for State and Local Government 3 hrs
PLS 771 Seminar in Public Administration 3 hrs
Completion requirements

Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 for completion of the certificate program.

Did you know?

If you decide to pursue the Master in Public Administration degree, all your CPM credits may be applied to the MPA. Learn more.