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Public Administration

Grand Valley State University

12 months
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13500 USD/year
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The mission of the Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.)  at Grand Valley State University is to develop both the general knowledge and specific abilities needed for professional careers in public service organizations. 

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Overview

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the primary professional degree for the public and nonprofit sector. The MPA program develops skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs in public-serving organizations. As a general management degree, the MPA is similar to the Masters of Business Administration, except the MPA focuses on the finance and management of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic institutions, and healthcare providers rather than for-profit corporations. If you are strongly motivated to be an effective, ethical and innovative organizational leader working for the betterment of your community, the MPA degree is your best choice.

Why study Public Administration at Grand Valley State University?

  • Our program, located adjacent to downtown Grand Rapids, has a myriad of partnerships throughout West Michigan which provide internships and service learning opportunities. This ensures our students get networked with leaders of various local public, private and nonprofit sector organizations.
  • Student with any undergraduate major can enter the MPA program. Over a five year period, students came to us with 104 different undergraduate majors. The top 10 majors were Criminal Justice, Psychology, Public & Nonprofit Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Liberal Studies, Advertising & Public Relations, International Relations, and Health Professions.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Public Service 
  •  Research Methods 
  • Human Resources in Organizations 
  •  Organization Theory 
  •  Public Management Seminar 
  • Public Financial Administration 
  • Metropolitan Politics and Administration 
  • Strategic Management and Planning 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

39 alternative credits

42 credits for pre-career students

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed graduate application.
  • A $30 non-refundable application fee unless the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University and has paid this fee.
  • An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution.
  • Three references from informed sources.
  • An essay on career and educational objectives (250 to 750 words).
  • A resume

Tuition Fee

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    13500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13500 USD per year during 12 months.

National 691 $ / credit

Living costs for Allendale

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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