Public Administration (MPA) - Government Administration Track
The mission of the Public Administration Program at Columbus State University is to provide professional education and leadership skills for effective, efficient, and responsive public service necessary for individuals preparing for or currently serving in public service careers.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the degree for students with professional goals related to public service in areas such as government agencies, justice administration/law enforcement, not-for-profit organizations, and the private sector.
The program structure is designed to accommodate students currently employed in the public sector as well as students seeking entry level positions by offering classes in the evenings and on-line. Columbus State University's Public Administration Program offers curricular tracks in: Government Administration and Justice Administration (can be completed entirely online).
The MPA program consists of 36 hours and offers flexible course scheduling, multiple entry points, in class and online options, and some 8-week course offerings. The program can be adapted for students who wish to attend part time or full time.
- Elected official (city council, mayor, governor, etc.)
- City manager
- Legislative assistant
- Foreign service, diplomatic, or consular officer
- Census clerk
- Federal aid coordinator
- Election supervisor
- City, county or court clerk
Program of Study
|Area 1 Core|
|MPAC 7106||Survey of Public Administration 1||3|
|MPAC 7116||Public Personnel Administration||3|
|MPAC 7126||Public Budgeting and Financial Administration||3|
|MPAC 7136||Research Methods for Administration||3|
|MPAC 7146||Organization Theory and Leadership||3|
|MPAC 7156||Legal and Ethical Environment of Administration||3|
|MPAC 7766||Capstone Course in Public Administration (A grade of "B" or better is required in this course.) 2||3|
|Area 1 Total||21|
|Area 2 Concentration|
|Select 15 hours from the following list:||15|
|Changing Government Organizations|
|Non-Profit Organization and Operations|
|Conflict Resolution for Public Managers|
|State and Local Governmental Relations|
|City and County Management|
|Grant Writing for Public Administration|
|Selected Topics in Administration|
|Independent Study in Public Administration|
|American Political Process and Policy-making|
|National Security Policy|
|State and Local Government and Intergovernmental Relations|
|Area 2 Total||15|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
Note: MPAC 7106 Survey of Public Administration must be taken in the student's first two semesters of the program.
MPAC 7766 Capstone Course in Public Administration must be taken in the student's final semester and requires department approval.
Fall: June 30
Spring: November 30
Send the materials below to the CSU Admissions Office:
- Application + $50 non-refundable application fee
- Immunization information
- Official transcript from each college and university attended
- Verification and proof of Lawful Presence
All applicants must submit
- A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.75 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree is required.
- One letter of recommendation (PDF) from an employer, past professor, or another person familiar with the applicant's work.
- Statement of purpose which introduces the applicant to the program, outlines their interest in the program, their personal and professional goals, and the relevant work and/or life experiences that they feel qualifies them for the program.
Additional Program Requirements
The MPA degree is subject to the following requirements:
- All students must complete the common core for the degree.
- A minimum B average (3.0) in core courses, with no more than two Cs, and a minimum grade of B in elective courses are required for degree completion.
- A maximum of nine semester hours of credit, taken as a graduate student at an accredited graduate school, may apply toward a master's degree provided the credit was earned not more than seven years prior to the date of completion of the degree. Grades of "C" or below will not be accepted as transfer credit.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Lead And Manage In Public Governance With Impartiality, Objectivity, Transparency, And Professionalism
- Analyze, Synthesize, Think Critically, Solve Problems, And Make Ethical Decisions
- Articulate And Apply A Public Service Perspective To Public Policy Issues By Promoting Inclusiveness And Participation
- Communicate And Interact Productively And Collaboratively With A Diverse And Changing Workforce And Citizenry Locally And Globally
- Demonstrate An Ability To Analyze Policy Alternatives And Use Government Tools To Address Social Problems