Public Administration

Welcome

Welcome to the Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) in the department of History, Political Science, & Public Administration at Albany State University. The program offers a professional degree that prepares students for managerial and leadership positions in public agencies, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

The MPA program, which was founded in 1987, is currently housed in the department of History, Political Science& Public Administration. It earned accreditation by The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs & Administration (NASPAA) in 2004. The program was re-accredited in 2012 through the 2017-2018 accreditation cycle, and then through the 2025 cycle.

Earning the Master of Public Administration degree requires successful completion of 36 credit hours of course work, with a minimum of 21 hours of core course work, nine hours of course work in an area of concentration, three credit hours for the Capstone report and three credit hours for an internship. There is also a portfolio requirement as part of the exit process. There are some variations in the Water Resources Management concentration. The curriculum combines both theory and practice, as it stresses the ideals of performance, accountability, professionalism and ethics. It also affords students the opportunity to strengthen their abilities to think critically, enhance both written and oral communication skills, utilize analytical techniques, draw on information technology and develop an awareness of professional ethics.

There are currently seven areas of concentration offered in the program: Public Management, Human Resources Management, Community and Economic Development, Health Administration and Policy, Criminal Justice Administration, Public Policy and, Water Resources Management and Policy. The MPA program collaborates with the Albany State University MBA program, the graduate Criminal Justice program and the College of Natural Sciences to deliver the range of its educational services.

We welcome your interest in the program and will be delighted to talk with you. We encourage all qualified prospective students to apply to enter the program.

Peter A. Ngwafu, PhD
Professor and Director
Master of Public Administration Program

About Public Administration

Since its establishment in 1987, Albany State University’s NASPAA Accredited MPA program has produced over three hundred graduates who work in local, state, federal and non- profit organizations across the United States and in International agencies around the world. Such an accomplishment can be attributed, in large measure, to the institutional, alumni and Advisory board support that the program has enjoyed over these many years.

Specifically, the program’s graduates include but are not limited to: Police Chiefs, department and program managers in city, local, State and federal governments, military officers, FBI agents, Human Resources managers, community and economic development specialists, senior administrators in higher education and college professors.

The program’s faculty consists of highly educated individuals who are committed to preparing students from diverse and underrepresented groups, for managerial and leadership positions in public agencies, non-profit organizations and the private sector. To that end, faculty members are involved in a range of research and community engagement activities in health administration and policy, human resources management and community and economic development. The program has also been involved in a virtual collaborative endeavor with the MPA program at Binghamton University, in effort to strengthen and enhance the infusion of diversity and cultural competence in its curriculum.

Taken together, the curriculum and academic training of the faculty of Albany State University’s MPA program are designed to assist students to learn how to synthesize theoretical concepts into practical applications and to embrace the values that undergird the field of public administration as they prepare for future careers in public service. We therefore welcome students from diverse groups and cultures who are interested in pursuing graduate education in public administration at Albany State University.

NASPAA Standard 7.0 Information

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Degree Title

  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Organizational Relationship Between Program and University

  • The MPA program is currently housed in the department of History, Political Science & Public Administration

Modes of Program Delivery

  • Currently all classes are taught in classrooms on the campus of Albany State University using traditional means of program delivery. Some courses are hybrid courses in the sense that traditional means of delivery are substantially supplemented by use of online resources

Number of Credit Hours

  • Program completion requires the successful completion of 36 hours of academic credit, unless a student decides to pursue a double concentration which will require the completion of three additional hours in the second area of concentration.
  • Graduation requirements include completion of an internship and an exit process including a portfolio and Capstone report(project report in the case of the Water Resources Management area of concentration)

Length of Degree

  • Full time students can generally complete the degree within two years
  • Part time students can generally complete the degree within three years

List of Dual Degrees

  • The program does not offer dual degrees

List of Specializations (Areas of concentration)*

The program currently includes the following concentrations

  • Public Management (formerly General Administration)
  • Human Resources Management
  • Public Policy
  • Health Administration &Policy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Community &Economic Development
  • Water Resources Management

*The program is in the process of discussing the possibility of eliminating, public policy and community and Economic Development as areas of concentration with its stakeholders, as a result of low enrollment in those areas of concentration. We anticipate that final decisions pertaining to the elimination of those areas of concentration will take effect in fall 2018. Criminal Justice and Water Resources Management are offered collaboratively with the Departments of Criminal Justice & Natural Sciences.

Fast Track Information

  • A fast track Option is not currently available

Number of Students

  • As of Fall 2018 there were 48 students in the program

Mission Statement

Provide a professional master’s level education for students aspiring to management positions in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.

  • Provide professional assistance to the public, governments, and nonprofit organizations in Southwest Georgia, Dougherty County, and the surrounding communities through public service of the faculty and students.
  • Increase the number of qualified graduates from underrepresented groups with professional public administration skills, training, and education for leadership positions.
  • Increase the number of qualified graduates from underrepresented groups with professional public administration skills, training, and education for leadership positions.

The current mission was adopted in the fall of 2002 and was revised in the fall of 2010 and spring 2011 semesters. As a result of the consolidation of the former Darton State College and Albany State University, the mission statement of the MPA program was further revised in the fall of 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017 by all stakeholders of the program.

Admission Requirements-See https://www.asurams.edu/admission/

An applicant for the Master of Public Administration degree must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 point scale) for course work completed at the undergraduate level is required for regular admission. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 is required for provisional admission.
  3. A satisfactory score on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For regular admission, a combined score of (140+146) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, a score of 44(405) on the MAT. For provisional admission, a combined score of (138+143) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, 27(377) on the MAT.
  4. Two official transcripts sent from all colleges and universities attended.
  5. Two current letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the graduate program.
  6. In addition to the graduate school requirements prospective students will be required to submit a written statement of career goals.
  7. Submission of a completed graduate admissions application with a $20 processing fee.
  8. International students must take the TOEFL and meet other criteria established by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

All documents, including test scores, must be received in the Graduate Admissions Office at least 45 days prior to the desired semester of enrollment. Prospective applicants should contact the graduate recruitment and admissions officer in the Graduate School for more information.

Number of faculty teaching in the program

  • There are currently five full time faculty members with terminal degrees. Criminal justice courses are taught by faculty members in the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Program. Several courses including the Water Resources Management courses are taught by qualified adjunct instructors.

Faculty Identified within the Unit including rank

  • Peter Ngwafu, Ph.D., tenured Professor
  • Veronica Adams-Cooper, Ph.D., tenured Professor
  • Bruce Neubauer, Ph.D., tenured Associate Professor
  • Robert Dauphin, Ph.D., tenured Associate Professor
  • Sandra Handwerk, Ph.D., tenure track Assistant Professor

Tuition Cost

Tuition rates for fall of 2018 are as follows. https://www.asurams.edu/docs/business-services/2017-2018.pdf#search=GRADUATE%20TUITION%20AND%20FEES

ASU’s MPA Tuition And Financial Aid Information-2018-2019

The listed tuitions for the 2018-2019 academic year for graduate education are as follows:

  • In-state full-time (12 semester hours): $3,149 per semester
  • In-state part-time (6 semester hours): $ 2, 019 per semester
  • Out-of-state (12 semester hours): $9, 938 per semester
  • Out-of-state part-time (6 semester hours): $ 5,415 per semester

Description of Financial Aid Including Assistantships

  • Eligible graduate students can receive up to $20,500 in student loans for the fall, spring, and summer, of which $8,500 can be made up subsidized loans and $ 12,000 can be unsubsidized loans. Students must be accepted to the graduate school as either provisional or regular graduate students in order to eligible for financial aid. Students who are classified as non-degree students are unable to receive financial aid. Students must be seeking a degree or working on a teaching certification in order to receive financial aid. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the ASUMPA program offered two assistantships to two deserving students.

Distribution of Placement of Graduates

For the 2014-2016 cohorts ASUMPA graduates were employed in the following organizations

  • National of central government in the same country as the program—-2
  • State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program—4
  • City, County, or other Local government in the same country as the program—12
  • Nonprofit/NGOs Internationally oriented—2
  • Private Sector Research/Consulting—2

Internship Placement List

Since 2014-2018, one or more students were placed for internship experiences in each of the following:

  • Albany Civil Rights Museum Albany State University – Department of Public Administration GA Department of Family and Children Services Phoebe Putney

Memorial Hospital Dougherty County District Attorney ’s office Dougherty County

Department of Human Resources Open Arms, Inc. (Albany, GA)

  • City of Albany, GA, Downtown Manager’s Office
  • Primus Georgia Department of Revenue- Alcohol and Tobacco Division Terrell County

Board of Education View Point Health ARC (Albany Resource Center) Open Arms City

of Albany – Human Resource Division Department of Justice- USAO-MDGA Albany State University- Communication

Student Completion Rates for the 2013-2014 Cohort

For the 2013-2014 Cohort(SSY-5) 44 students enrolled, 13 students graduated within two years, 28 students graduated within three years and 33 students graduated within four years and in all 44 students graduated or persisted towards graduation.

Sectoral Distribution of Employment Rates for students who graduated in the 2016-2017 academic year

National or Central government in the same country as the program----1

State, provincial or regional government in the same country as program---5

City, County or other local government in the same country as program---9

Government not in the same country as the program (all levels) or quasi-government—0

Nonprofit domestic-oriented-------1

Nonprofit/NGOs internationally oriented------0

Private Sector-Research/Consulting-------0

Private Sector but not Research/Consulting----3

Obtaining further education---------0

Military Service--------0

TOTAL--------------19

MPA Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours

  • MPA Course Planner (Check sheet)
  • Program completion requires successful completion of 36 semester-hours of academic credit.
  • Graduation requirements include completion of an internship and completion of an exit process including a portfolio and Capstone report (project report in the case of the Water Resources Management concentration).

Length of Degree

  • Full-time students can generally complete the degree within two years.
  • Part-time students can generally complete the degree within three years.

Fast Track

At the present time there is no fast track option for degree completion.

Dual Degrees

At the present time there is no dual degree option.

MPA Admission Criteria


To be admitted to the MPA program an applicant must be admitted to the ASU Graduate School, and must also meet the following conditions, established by the program for regular, provisional, and non-degree admission.

Regular Admission

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • A minimum score of 44 on the Miller Analogies Test(MAT) or 800 on the Aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • A written statement of career goals.

Provisional Admission

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 or better
  • A score on the MAT of no less than 377 (27); a score on the aptitude Test of the GRE of no less than 700.
  • A written statement of career goals.

A student who is admitted provisionally to the MPA program must complete the first nine hours of graduate coursework successfully with a grade of B or better in order to be admitted to regular status. To that end, the student must take no more than two courses or six credit hours each semester until the first nine hours of graduate course work have been completed successfully by earning a grade of B or better in each course. After successfully completing the nine hours of course work, the student’s status will be changed from provisional to regular. Otherwise the student’s enrollment in the program will be terminated. Individual programs of study may have higher provisional admission standards.

Non-Degree Admission

The MPA program only accepts non-degree admissions for qualified applicants who already hold a masters degree who may be interested in taking MPA courses for their personal enrichment. No student will be allowed to take more than nine (9) hours in a non-degree status.