M.P.A. On Campus

Public Administration

Wright State University

12 months
24286 USD/year
24286 USD/year
14298 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The mission of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program from Wright State University is to prepare students to be successful public and nonprofit administrators and leaders in our diverse and multicultural regional environment and beyond. 


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program from Wright State University is designed to meet the needs of students seeking to begin professional public service careers (pre-service) and current public service practitioners seeking career advancement (in-service). Students may complete the MPA degree through part-time or full-time enrollment. To best serve our MPA students we offer:

  • a blend of theory and practice in all MPA courses;
  • curriculum designed to develop and enhance core competencies; and
  • accommodating course schedules.

Students pursuing the MPA may also choose to complete a certificate program in nonprofit administration sponsored by the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance or a certificate program in Geographic Information Science. Dual degree options are offered in concert with the Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics and the Master of Science in Social or Applied Economics programs.


Our M.P.A. graduates are leaders in local, state, and federal government, nonprofit corporations, universities and colleges, and private businesses throughout the Dayton region, Ohio, the United States, and internationally.

Graduates of our MPA program typically gain promotions or employment within six months of earning their degree. The following is a partial list of organizations where our graduates serve in top administrative positions:

  • U.S. Federal Government and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Governments in Mongolia and Moldova
  • State governments including, Ohio and Georgia
  • Cities including Dayton, Piqua, Kettering, Bellbrook, Blue Ash, Vandalia, Moraine, Fairborn, Beavercreek, Troy, Trotwood, Englewood
  • Ohio counties such as Montgomery, Greene, Clinton, and Miami
  • Ohio townships such as Washington, Bethel, Miami
  • Universities and colleges, including Duquesne, The Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, California State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Ivy Tech Community College, Wright State University, Clark State Community College
  • Nonprofits such as Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, American Red Cross, Dayton Development Corporation, Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority, Clothes that Work, Hannah's Treasure Chest, East End Community Services, Dayton Better Business Bureau, Western Ohio Epilepsy Foundation, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Athletes in Action, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
  • Private sector corporations such as banking, consulting, housing, web marketing, as well as planning, law, and development firms

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations and Tools of Public Administration
  • Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management
  • Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation
  • Organization Theory and Management Behavior
  • Managing Human Resources in Public Service
  • Quantitative Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must apply online for all graduate school programs, including non-degree programs. Paper applications are not accepted. The application should be filled out carefully and completely. Select Not Applicable (N/A) when appropriate. If the application form is submitted with essential information missing, processing may be delayed until such information is received.
    • A non-refundable $40 fee is required for each degree or licensure application. A nonrefundable $10 fee is required for each non-degree seeking application or certificate program application.
    • Submit one official transcript sent from each institution attended (except Wright State). If you have transfer or College Credit Plus credit, you are required to submit an official transcript from each college where you had originally completed course work. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24286 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12143 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    24286 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12143 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14298 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7149 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Dayton

880 - 1352 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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