The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree program is designed to educate current (in-service) and future (pre-service) public service leaders with ethical behavior and professional competencies that promote public service values extending from UWG’s values of achievement, caring, collaboration, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity, sustainability, and wisdom. The program prepares students witht he knowledge and skills to advance the public interest through teaching, research, and service to the community. The M.P.A. program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
Overall Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective leadership and management skills.
- Assess the political, economic, and legal nature of the policymaking process and its implications on the work of public managers.
- Synthesize, analyze, and apply theories and principles of public administration and management to solve problems in public and nonprofit organizations.
- Articulate and apply a public service perspective.
- Apply qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills for public and community problem solving and decision-making.
- Communicate and interact effectively in an environment of changing demographics, evolving technology, and diverse perspectives.
The M.P.A. degree is offered both fully online and face-to-face. Courses taught in person are mostly on the Carrolton campus, primarily at night.
Graduate Assistant positions are available to full time students who qualify.
Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Students with any undergraduate major may apply. Those students with no prior public administration education or public service experience will be required to take POLS 5200 - Principles of Public Administration . This course does not count toward the 36 hours required for the degree.
Admission will be based on the M.P.A. Committee’s evaluation of five factors: (1) A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade average (GPA) equivalent on a 4.0 scale is required, (2) Two letters of recommendation from former professors or from job supervisors, (3) A minimum total score of 291 (combining Verbal and Quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). However, the following are eligible for a GRE Waiver: a. Applicant with an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution, b. Applicant with an earned undergraduate degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution, c. Applicant with an earned undergraduate degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 from an accredited institution and at least 3 years professional, full-time, public sector or nonprofit career experience, d. Applicant with a public or nonprofit work experience of at least 7 or more years in a full-time, relevant supervisory position, (4) A personal statement of about 1,000 words that describes the applicant’s work experience, professional goals, the reasons they have chosen this program, why they want to attend UWG, and how the MPA program will help the applicant achieve the goals, and (5) A current resume