MSU's Master of Public Administration actively engages students in a dynamic learning environment, combining coursework and hands-on research. The curriculum will challenge you to examine issues shaping local and national level policies, equipping you with knowledge and skills in theory, methodology and innovative practice in the interdisciplinary field of public administration. Graduates of this program lead and manage a diverse range of government, public service, nonprofit, education and health care organizations.
The MPA program is a 42-credit hour program with a required 1 hour internship and thesis or capstone research experience. Students can choose between two areas of concentration: Security Studies, Intelligence and Theory or Economic Development and Intergovernmental Management.
Scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available for qualified full and part-time students.
Tuition scholarships may be received based upon academic merit.
Applications must be completed and are reviewed by April 30.
Graduate assistantships or research assistantships range from $10,000 up to $18,000 and provide the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects for up to 20 hrs/wk. Graduate assistantships do not include tuition remission at Morehead State University.
These are competitive based upon academic merit. Applications must be completed and are reviewed by April 30. These applications are submitted to the Graduate Program Director by email or via the Department of History, Philosophy, International Studies and Legal Studies.
Qualified part-time students may receive scholarships of up to $500.
Students may be hired to assist faculty with ongoing research projects. Contact MPA Director Dr. James Masterson at (606) 783-2655 to discuss current opportunities.
For more information about admission requirements for the master's of public policy program, visit the Graduate School
website or view this program's degree plan
. For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information, visit the graduate catalog website
- Students will be actively engaged in research and learning exercises that will develop comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of public administration.
- Students will become familiar with American government and public sector institutions and the processes that are responsible for the formation and execution of public policy.
- Students will engage in learning exercises and research projects that will develop an understanding of the links between public administration and organizational behavior, public sector management, intergovernmental relations, public finance and governmental policy.
- Students will participate in courses, seminars and learning exercises that will develop an understanding of the institutions and processes that are responsible for the formation and execution of public policy in sub-national governments.
Graduates of this program pursue careers in government, public service, education, and nonprofit organizations.
MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.
The MPA program at MSU has high graduation rates. For instance, our 2010-2011 cohort graduation rated is 77%, with 62% of the cohort graduating within 2 years, and 69% of the cohort graduating within 4 years.
Data from our most recent MPA Alumni Survey indicates that 80% of our graduates seeking employment obtained a job, while 18% of our students went on to pursue further graduate education.
Overall, 91% of respondents in our recent alumni survey reported that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their education in the MPA program.