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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

St. Cloud State University Postgraduate Programs

Full time & Part time August, January Other Full-time: 2 years; part-time: 3 years

About the course

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the professional degree for students seeking a career in public service or non-profit management and will prepare you as a leader or manager in the public or non-profit sector.

You will develop skills and techniques used by public and non-profit managers to implement policies, projects and programs that resolve important problems within your organization or community. You will study a common set of core courses and choose elective courses in your concentration of interest. 

The program will serve your needs, whether you are a pre-service student or already working in the field and seeking to advance your career with greater responsibilities as a leader or manager. 

Program Admission Requirements

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Entry Requirements

General admission requirements:
- GPA: 2.75, Statement of Intent, Three letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic), Transcripts
- Applicants who have been awarded a bachelor's and or graduate degree from an international higher education institution (recognized by the country's Education Ministry) need to submit a NACES evaluation: View Website
- English Proficiency Exemptions: Applicants who will hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a university in the United States, Canada or from a country whose sole official language is English, will be exempt: View Website


Tuition per credit: $414.45 (main campus), $450.04 (Plymouth campus), $489.45 (online)
Health services fee per semester: $70
Other student services fees per credit: $53.95

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Alison Voight

This program has provided me new ways to approach difficult situations. Techniques from my classes have helped me communicate with both my superiors and my coworkers more effectively and are broadening my ethical and moral values on a daily basis.


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