Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Public Administration, M.P.A. (Economic Development and Planning Concentration)

General Program Information

Frederick Gordon, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
305 Rogers Stout
Box 70651
(423) 439-6134
email: gordonfd@etsu.edu

Faculty: David Briley; Paul Trogen.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is a non-business degree that offers an outstanding education for people 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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Public Administration, M.P.A. Degree Requirements: 36-39 credits

Core Requirements 18 credits
Concentration 12 credits
Capstone 6-9 credits
TOTAL 36-39 credits

Capstone: 6-9 credits

Choose one of the following:

Option A: 6 credits

Option B: 9 credits


Students selecting this concentration will receive the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree.