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Master of Public Administration

What is an MPA degree?

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional graduate degree designed for management and administration within the public sector and nonprofit organizations. The MPA degree provides you with focused training to work in a leadership role, helping you master a broad set of skills including budgeting and finance, economic analysis, human resource management, policy analysis, information technology, resource development and grant writing, program evaluation and board governance.

Since 1973, Georgia Southern University’s MPA degree program has been a leader in the advancement of public and nonprofit education. Today, the MPA program is recognized as one of the top graduate programs at Georgia Southern.

At Georgia Southern University, you can tailor your MPA degree education with a concentration in either Public Management or Nonprofit Management.

With a Master of Public Administration degree, you will gain the advanced career-oriented professional knowledge and skills to elevate your career as a driven leader in public service, government and nonprofit organizations!

MPA degree concentration in Public Management

The Public Management concentration is designed to provide you with the practical training necessary to be an effective administrative leader in public sector organizations. You will be prepared for jobs in public administration such as:

  • City manager
  • Budget analyst
  • Human resource manager
  • Program evaluator
  • Policy analyst
  • Government contractor

MPA degree concentration in Nonprofit Management

With a concentration in Nonprofit Management, you will explore managerial and administrative techniques to excel in the nonprofit sector. Your training will equip you with the necessary skills for a career in public administration roles such as:

  • Event planner
  • Program officer
  • Foundation official
  • Fundraiser
  • Executive director

Georgia Southern University’s MPA degree program ranked in the top 5 for the 2019 Best Public Administration Colleges in Georgia!

Why get your MPA from Georgia Southern?

  • Small seminar classes
  • Classes that provide real world knowledge and experience
  • Concentrated programs of study
  • Most classes conveniently scheduled in the evening
  • Dedicated MPA faculty committed to student development and success
  • Graduate assistantships and other financial assistance
  • A network of Georgia Southern MPA alumni

Where have alumni found jobs in public administration?

  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Boys and Girls Club of America
  • Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (Georgia)
  • City of Savannah

A Nationally Accredited and Respected Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is a NASPAA accredited degree program. The Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies is a member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

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    Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies
    Georgia Southern University
    P.O. Box 8048
    Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8048

    Phone: 912-478-1400

    Last updated: 1/5/2021