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Public Administration (MPA)

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration program provides a broad understanding of the principles, processes, goals, and problems of administering public services, with special emphasis on the political realities of public sector management. Through course work and an optional thesis, the program equips students with specialized knowledge and technical skills in budgeting, planning, personnel administration, research, and other essential management techniques. Through its reputation and internships, Kutztown University's Political Science Department and MPA Program have developed numerous contacts with public and private sector administrators. Graduates typically achieve continuing success in their present careers or are successful in obtaining other career positions related to their interests.

The program benefits professionals employed or seeking employment in government agencies (at all levels), health care and other not-for-profit organizations, and private enterprise. In eastern Pennsylvania, there is a large number of occupations for which public administration expertise is essential, especially those in "third sector" industries which depend upon effective interface with government agencies and skillful handling of governmental processes and regulations.

Successful completion of thirty-six (36) semester hours of credit is required for the Master of Public Administration degree.  All students accepted into this program must complete all requirements within six (6) calendar years.

  • Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
    • Resume
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • GRE/GMAT/MAT/LSAT score report

    *To waive the GRE/GMAT/MAT/LSAT score report:

    • Five or more years of professional and/or managerial experience in a government agency or nonprofit organization.


    Fall semester: August 1st

    Spring semester: December 1st

    Summer sessions: May 1st

Student Learning Outcomes

  • MPA Masters of Public Administration
    1. Students will be able to apply leadership theories and techniques in managing and governing a political organization.
    2. Students will be able to analyze and disseminate data and information.
    3. Students will be able to apply financial concepts, data and assumptions to develop an accurate, flexible and professional quality budget for a public or not-for-profit organization.
    4. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the management of people and resources.
    5. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally.

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