Public Administration

Tennessee State University

Master On Campus
12 months
13260 USD/year
13260 USD/year
6276 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Ranked among the top graduate public affairs programs according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings, and ranked as the #2 graduate public affairs program at an HBCU, Tennessee State University's College of Public Service offers a fully online Master of Public Administration degree at Tennessee State University that working professionals can complete in two years.


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Tennessee State University is the key professional degree for individuals working in the fast-growing public and nonprofit sectors, and our graduates succeed in obtaining work in those areas (see figure; read our program mission and values statement). 

Key Features 

  • The fully online College of Public Service MPA is the only NASPAA-accredited  MPA program in Middle Tennessee. Located in the state capital and a vibrant city, we can offer opportunities to interact with state and local public policymakers, administrators and nonprofit leaders during your studies. Learn the core competencies needed to effectively lead, manage, and serve in the field of public administration.
  • In order to maximize flexibility for full-time and part-time students, our MPA program is administered fully online. 

Programme Structure

  • Our faculty has received formal training in online teaching and has many years of experience teaching online in this and other programs. 
  • Faculty also are all prepared with doctorates in public administration, policy or a related field, with areas of focus related to the courses they teach. 
  • Our courses were each designed in accordance with TSU guidelines regarding fully online courses. You will enjoy a dynamic learning environment that ensures your academic and professional career goals become a reality. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application for Admission to Graduate School and a non-refundable $35.00 application fee
  • Official transcripts and authorized school records with a course-by-course listing of courses and grades received; such transcripts must have been evaluated by a foreign educational credential agency, at the student’s expense. 
  • Copy of current, valid passport. 
  • Evidence of financial resources sufficient to provide tuition and fees for the academic year (minimum of $28,500 USD) and an affidavit of support. 
  • All international students applying for admission who have a student visa shall submit a certificate from a licensed physician or the qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes. 
  • After admission, copies of Visa, I-94, or Alien Registration card must be submitted to Mark Gunter, Director of International and Multicultural Affairs, before student may enroll

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6630 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6630 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    6276 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3138 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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Public Administration
Tennessee State University