Public Administration

Kentucky State University

24 months
661 USD/credit
439 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Kentucky State University prepares and inspires individuals to meet the call of public service in leadership and management. The MPA program thus implements a vital part of the University’s mission in accordance with the educational philosophy of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). 


The program fosters commitment to public service, and provides knowledge and skills of value to public and non-profit sector professionals confronting dynamic work environments. Students can choose from a balanced inventory of conceptual, quantitative, and professional courses to solve complex problems within human resource management, nonprofit management, international development, and management information systems.

As Kentucky’s only public historically black college or university (HBCU), the MPA program is dedicated to advancing diversity and to promoting social equity. Kentucky State University is strategically located in the capital city of Frankfort, Kentucky, and embraces its close proximity to numerous types of government agencies and nonprofit organizations. With the university’s location, the program has the distinct advantage of serving local, state, national, and international communities by preparing students today for real-life leadership tomorrow.

The Master of Public Administration program has been a member of NASPAA since 1973.The program was accredited by NASPAA initially in June 1997, and subsequently reaccredited in 2004 and 2011. It will go through the reaccreditation process in 2019.

Public administration courses are offered in the evening to accommodate students with full-time jobs.  Some of KSU’s MPA students work for government agencies and receive employer tuition assistance. By taking approximately two courses each semester, evening students can complete all degree requirements in about three years.  Full-time students typically earn the Master of Public Administration degree in two years of study. Up to 12, semester credit hours of appropriate graduate level coursework may be transferred into the Master of Public Administration program from elsewhere.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistics
  • Urban Environments
  • Public Administration
  • Policy Making Process
  • Management of Change and Conflict
  • Administrative Processes

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

English requirements

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

  • An Application for Admission 
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts confirming bachelor’s degree – Transcripts of international students must be submitted in English, and any translation of transcripts certified.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • A Personal Essay/Statement of Goals/Career Objectives, to include professional and academic honors, research interests and endeavors, and statement of purpose for pursuit toward advanced MPA studies. 
  • Official Graduate Record Exam, GRE, Score Report 
  • Application Fee ($30.00 for US Applicants; $100.00 for International Applicants-US funds)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    661 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 661 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    439 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 439 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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