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Public Administration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) Athens, GA, United States
The MPA degree is designed to educate students for administrative, managerial, and policy analytical careers in federal, state, and local levels of government and the nonprofit sector. 

Overview

The program consists of courses that form a public management core, required management information and research courses, a socialization sequence, and electives. An internship usually served in a public agency is also required for students without administrative experience. The PhD degree is designed to prepare students for careers as researchers and scholars. 

The programme

Some students also seek upper-level careers in management or policy analysis in the public sector. Students must complete a minimum of nine credit hours in three fields comprised of general public administration, public policy, and an elective managerial specialization. A minimum of nine credit hours in research methods is also required. The department has research strength in public budgeting and finance, public management and organizational theory, public personnel administration/human resources management, and public policy analysis.

The Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Georgia is one of the nation’s best for public service education. It is the highest ranked graduate degree program at UGA and is ranked 3rd in the nation among hundreds of public affairs programs. Among public universities, the Georgia MPA is tied for 1st in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2005). The MPA Program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). To accommodate working professionals, courses are offered in the evenings at UGA’s main campus in Athens and at the University of Georgia at Gwinnett in suburban Atlanta.

The mission of the PhD Program at the University of Georgia is to achieve distinction as a leader in public administration and policy education and research. Our students are actively involved in pursuing this mission. Over the past decade, our PhD graduates have received more national dissertation awards in public administration — twelve — than graduates from any other school. Our faculty enjoy national and international reputations, and the placement record for graduates is excellent.

Accreditation

Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, University of Georgia (UGA) is a very large (enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. 

Programme Structure

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application for admission
  • Application-processing fee
  • Transcripts
  • Entrance test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Certification of finances forms (international applicants)
  • Any supplemental material required by the department

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24692 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 720 - 1170 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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