24 months
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 21312 USD/year
466 USD/credit 8388 USD/year
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At its core, the James Madison University's Master in Public Administration program is best suited to students who have a commitment to public service. 


About this Degree

The Public Administration program at James Madison University is appropriate for students pursuing public service careers in government, nonprofit organizations, and private sector firms providing services to governments. The  program welcomes applications from recent undergraduates and experienced professionals seeking to develop and strengthen a broad set of administrative skills. Also, qualified JMU undergraduates can complete the program in their 5th year.

The Public Administration program of James Madison University promotes engaged citizenship and public service responsive to diverse needs and perspectives. The program cultivates effective and ethical analysts, managers and leaders for work in local, national and global contexts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Public Administration 
  • Public Organizational Behavior 
  • Public Budgeting
  • Program Evaluation in Public Administration
  • Research Methods for Program Evaluation
  • Seminar in Public Personnel Administration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Completed applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.


36 SCH



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose, outlining professional goals and motivation for pursuing the M.P.A. degree
  • Professional resume summarizing education, work, and volunteer experiences
  • GRE/GMAT is required unless the applicant:
 1) has a graduate degree 2) has 4 or more years of relevant public sector experience and an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Public Administration 5th year format - GRE is required unless you have have 4 or more years of relevant professional experience and GPA of 3.0 or higher

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    21312 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8388 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 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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