Public Administration (Urban Management), MPA

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The MPA is a transdisciplinary, professional degree program designed to prepare students for public service, public management and policy analysis at the local, state and national levels of government. The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and is ranked highly nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

The urban management concentration provides knowledge and skills for students seeking careers in local urban government management and enables students to develop the skills and techniques used by city and urban leaders and managers.

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In addition, the school offers concurrent Master's degree programs in planning, sustainability, criminology and criminal justice, social work, and others. See https://spa.asu.edu/content/concurrent-degrees.

Be sure to read our Admissions page thoroughly to get all your questions answered! 

Plan of study, core courses, electives, course loads, and suggested course sequences 

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Online:  We are not an ASU Online program, but all the MPA core courses are offered in iCourse (online) format every semester, and there are plenty of online electives to choose from every semester. Some concentrations may not be available due to in-person class scheduling, but yes, you can definitely get an MPA by taking all your classes online. 

From the No. 14 ranked public affairs school in the country, this concentration, ranked No. 5, provides real-world experience to you, an aspiring leader in urban management. This program prepares you to rethink and reimagine how policy shapes city managerial decisions.

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The MPA is a transdisciplinary, professional degree program designed to prepare students for public service, public management and policy analysis at the local, state and national levels of government.

The urban management concentration provides knowledge and skills for students seeking careers in local urban government management and enables students to develop the skills and techniques used by city and urban leaders and managers.

At A Glance

Public Administration (Urban Management), MPA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application deadlines

Applicants to the MPA and MPP programs are accepted year-round. Students may be granted admission for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Priority application deadlines:

July 1 for Fall semester
Nov 1 for Spring semester
April 1 for Summer semester

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in a related field, from a regionally accredited institution. Related fields include political science, planning, business, urban and metropolitan studies, as well as other social science disciplines, although the department may accept applicants with degrees from all educational backgrounds provided the minimum requirements for the degree program are met.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. verbal, quantitative and analytical scores on the GRE (institution code: 4007) or GMAT scores
  4. three letters of recommendation
  5. written statement
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

Additional requirements for international students are located at https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency.

At least two of the three letters of recommendation should be from faculty or other academic staff who can evaluate the applicant's academic performance.

The written statement should be one to two pages in length and describe the applicant's educational and career goals. This statement is also used as a sample of the applicant's writing abilities.

Applicants also may submit a resume or other documents.

Students should contact the School of Public Affairs at 602-496-0450 or email spa@asu.edu with any questions about the application process.

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