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Turn your desire for public service into a rewarding career. This highly ranked MPA program (#13 Public Affairs Program by U.S. News & World Report, 2021) prepares you to be a results-driven leader serving the public good.

The MPA is a professional degree program designed to prepare students for public service at all levels of government as well as the nonprofit and private sectors.

The program consists of a core curriculum emphasizing managerial and analytic skills needed in a large range of careers that serve the public good.

Students may also elect to specialize in one of four approved concentrations:

This program can be completed full time or part time.

Turn your desire for public service into a rewarding career. This highly ranked MPA program (#13 Public Affairs Program by U.S. News & World Report, 2021) prepares you to be a results-driven leader serving the public good.

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The MPA is a professional degree program designed to prepare students for public service at all levels of government as well as the nonprofit and private sectors.

The program consists of a core curriculum emphasizing managerial and analytic skills needed in a large range of careers that serve the public good. Students may also elect to specialize in one of four approved concentrations:

  • urban management
  • nonprofit administration
  • emergency management
  • public finance

This program can be completed full time or part time.

At A Glance

Public Administration, MPA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level 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

 

Degree requirements

Required Core (24 credit hours)
PAF 501 Public Service Research I (3)
PAF 502 Public Service Research II (3)
PAF 503 Public Affairs (3)
PAF 504 Microeconomics of Public Policy I (3)
PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis (3)
PAF 506 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
PAF 507 Public Human Resource Management (3)
PAF 508 Organization Behavior (3)

Electives or Research (15 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved electives. Approved elective credit hours may include courses offered by the school or other academic units in the university.

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 from a regionally accredited institution in a related field. Related fields include social science degrees, 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. two letters of recommendation
  4. written statement
  5. 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 available on the Admission Services at https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency.

The letters of recommendation should be from faculty members or other academic staff who can evaluate 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.

Fees increase after the deadline.

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

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