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.

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.

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.