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Online MPA – Executive Track

The Executive Track is designed for individuals with a minimum of three years of relevant work experience in the public (civil or military) sector, nonprofit organization, or closely related position.  This cohort-based lock-step track is offered fully online with courses delivered in an abbreviated format.  The Executive Track admits cohorts annually each spring, with the entire program taking 18-months to complete.

In the Executive Track, concentration courses have been carefully selected to expose students to a range of cutting-edge skills and ideas spanning public and nonprofit management.

Are you READY to make a difference?

Master of Public Administration, Executive Track Curriculum

The Executive Track requires 24 credits of core courses, twelve (12) credits of emphasis courses, two (2) credits of immersion experiences, and a one (1) credit professional portfolio.

Core Requirements (24-credit hours)

  • PBAD 7631 Foundations of Public Administration
  • PBAD 7430 Public Human Resource Management
  • PBAD 7230 Budgeting in Public Service Organizations
  • PBAD 7130 Ethics for Public Service Organizations
  • PBAD 7531 Public Program Evaluation
  • PBAD 7532 Public Policy
  • PBAD 7530 Research Methods for Public Service Organizations
  • PBAD 7134 Advanced Management

Concentration Requirements (12-credit hours)

Students take prescribed courses spanning public and nonprofit management.

Immersions (2-credit hours)

  • PBAD 7820 – Immersion I (1 Credit Hour)
  • PBAD 7821 – Immersion II (1 Credit Hour)

Professional Portfolio (1-credit hour)

  • PBAD 7810 – MPA Professional Portfolio (1 Credit Hour)

MPA Program of Study (PDF)

Georgia Southern’s Master of Public Administration program is recognized as one of the top graduate programs at the University and one of the best and most affordable MPA programs in Georgia.*

*Ranked No. 2 in Affordable Colleges in Georgia 2021 by College Affordability Guide, No. 4 for 2020 Most Affordable Online Public Administration Degrees by OnlineU. Ranked No. 4 in Georgia for the MPA program in the 2020 Best Public Administration Colleges in Georgia.

MPA Executive Track Fast Facts

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Format: Executive Track (Fully Online), also available in a Hybrid Track (Online and Statesboro Campus)

Concentration: Public and Nonprofit Management

Credit Hours: 39 Hours

Completion Time: 18 months

Priority Deadline: October 15, 2022

Admission Deadline: January 1, 2023

Benefits of the MPA Executive Track:

  • Curriculum that provides ‘real world’ knowledge and experience
  • Full online and accredited
  • Cohort-based, accelerated program
  • Dedicated MPA faculty and staff committed to student success
  • No thesis or comprehensive examination
  • Large network of Georgia Southern MPA alumni

For all online programs:

Federal law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosures include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, complaint processes, adverse actions, and refunds.
For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

Master of Public Administration Info Booklet

If you are unable to use the section below, please refer to the PDF version of the Info Booklet here.

Still Have Questions? Contact Us!

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

Phone: 912-478-1400

A Nationally Accredited 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).

NASPAA Accredited. The Commission on Review and Accreditation.

Last updated: 6/1/2023