The Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies serves as the focal point for scholarship, teaching, and professional service in the fields of Public Administration and Public Policy at Georgia Southern University, throughout southeast Georgia, and beyond. The department was founded with the mission to advance excellence in public and nonprofit management, and our degree programs have a dramatic and positive effect on the lives of our graduates.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is a NASPAA accredited degree program. The MPA program has been ranked as one of the best graduate programs in Public Affairs by U.S. News & World Report and one of the nation’s most affordable by the College Affordability Guide. The Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies is a member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).
The MPA curriculum takes a management approach, emphasizing both the theoretical foundation and practical application of Public Administration and Policy. The overarching goal is to prepare pre-service students for a career in public service, as well as provide advanced training to mid-career practitioners. Through the department’s partnership with the Georgia Municipal Association, the MPA internship program, and relationships with local government and nonprofit organizations, students are exposed to a variety of experiential and service-learning opportunities.
Our graduates go on to successful careers in local, state, and federal government, the nonprofit arena, and the private sector.