General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
Angela Edwards; firstname.lastname@example.org; 423-439-4703
Dr. J. David Briley, Graduate Coordinator
Associate Professor of Political Science
219 Rogers-Stout Hall
Andrew Battista, Chair, Department of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration
301A Rogers-Stout Hall
Faculty: David Briley; Lon Felker; Rebecca Keeler; Paul Trogen.
The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is a non-business degree that offers an outstanding education for men and women seeking an exciting career in the public or non-profit sector. Students may enter the program from any undergraduate major. The M.P.A. is a highly marketable degree for entry into the fields of city management, urban planning, industrial recruitment, community development, non-profit administration, public budgeting, and financial management. The demand for trained public and non-profit managers has steadily increased, both in this region and beyond.
The M.P.A. program builds on a long tradition of higher education in city management with a unique degree offering. Students who complete requirements for the city management concentration will receive the Master of City Management (M.C.M.) degree. This allows students who wish to pursue careers in city management to have a unique degree which is widely recognized throughout the region. Students choosing other concentrations will be awarded the M.P.A. degree.
A student applying to the M.P.A. program must meet both the requirements for admission to the university as a graduate student and the admission criteria for the program. The student must submit transcripts of all academic work previously completed, scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and three letters of recommendation. Admission criteria include satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, satisfactory GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Questions about admission requirements should be directed to the M.P.A. director.
Students admitted to other graduate programs in the university may enroll in public administration courses (prefix PMGT) if they have completed the prerequisites, if any.
Economic Development and Planning Concentration
This concentration is intended for students with a professional interest in urban planning, economic development, and community development.