12 months
19849 USD/year
19849 USD/year
4839 USD/year
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Public Administration from Appalachian State University trains individuals to manage public agencies and programs and to evaluate their effectiveness. As a student, you will become proficient in the knowledge, skills and ethical values needed to become an effective manager. 


At Public Administration from Appalachian State University students are required to choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Town, City and County Management Concentration – Designed to prepare individuals for managerial roles in towns, cities and county governments or in organizations and agencies related to towns and counties.
  • Not-for-Profit Management Concentration – Designed to prepare individuals for management and policy positions in governmental and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Administration of Justice Concentration – Designed to prepare individuals for administrative/management positions in a variety of law enforcement, court and correctional agencies at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Public Management Concentration – Designed to allow individuals to develop a program to suit specific needs in such areas as budget analyst, personnel administration, etc., or to prepare students with a generalist background in public administration.


  • Manager of a town, city, or county government
  • Executive Director of a non-profit organization
  • Department, Division, or Agency Director
  • Probation Officer
  • City Clerk
  • Donor Services Officer
  • Police Corporal
  • Budget Analyst
  • Emergency Manager

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods
  • Seminar in Public Administration
  • Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
  • Organization Theory and Behavior
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Budgeting and Fiscal Administration
  • Capstone Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Fall Admission - priority deadline March 15


42 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Required Entrance Exam: 
  • GRE or GMAT
  • Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
  • Resume (Required upload for application submission); 
  • Also upload a 2-3 page, double-spaced Personal Statement on what has prompted your interest in obtaining an MPA degree, and what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular? What professional plans or ambitions do you have once you have completed your master’s degree?
  • Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
  • Submit your graduate application online.
  • Pay the online application fee
  • Mail official or certified transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended that have been evaluated by a NACES accredited credential evaluation service.
  • Provide proof of English proficiency.

Tuition Fee

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    19849 USD/year
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  • National

    19849 USD/year
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  • In-State

    4839 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 4839 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Boone

900 - 1400 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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