Getting ready for your career

If you’re an undergraduate student interested in a career in the public sector, the accelerated master’s program in public administration might be right for you.

This track allows you to earn credit toward your undergraduate and graduate degrees at the same time.

Accelerated Master's

Overview of program

You’re showing great initiative. This is one of the key skills in leading organizations, executing effective policy and meeting the needs of society.

The Master of Public Administration is a great fit for you. Having this degree increases your earning potential and puts you ahead of many other competitors in the job market.

To complete this degree, you must:

  • Complete 39 hours of course work
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Earn a 3.5 GPA in the political science or public administration curriculum

You’ll complete:

  • Foundational courses in policy, fiscal management and leadership principles
  • An internship
  • A comprehensive exam
  • A research component

You’ll also select one focus area from our many certificate programs to round out your course work.

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Get started

  1. Apply for admission to the MPA program during your junior year.
  2. Request and receive a sponsorship letter from a political science faculty member recommending you for the program.
  3. You must then be accepted into the accelerated program.
  4. Get approval from the MPA graduate program director, department head and the dean of the Graduate College.

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

Admission requirements for the accelerated MPA option
  1. Public administration and political science undergraduate students must have at least junior standing and a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum 3.50 GPA in the public administration or political science curriculum and 3.00 overall GPA.
  3. Students in the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program must maintain a 3.50 GPA in the public administration and/or political science curriculums and maintain a 3.00 overall GPA to remain in the program.
  4. Transfer students will be allowed into the Accelerated Master's Degree Program.  Transfer students must have a minimum of 30 graded hours of course work at Missouri State University before they can be accepted into the program.
  5. A maximum of 12 credits of accumulated graduate hours may be applied toward completion of their undergraduate degree requirements.  The following courses will be allowed:

    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
    PLS 673 Policy Analysis 3 hrs
    PLS 676 Quantitative Methods of Political Science and Public Policy 3 hrs
    PLS 771 Seminar in Public Administration 3 hrs
    PLS 781 In-Service Training in Public Administration 3 hrs