The MPA Program Well-trained public administrators are needed today at all levels of government. Fiscal constraints and public demands for responsive government make effective management a necessity. MPA graduates hold policy-making positions with the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the national and state government. Graduates of Shippensburg University’s master’s program in Public Administration use their managerial skills working for local government, not-for-profit agencies, and in the private sector.
MPA Admission Requirements For almost 40 years, Shippensburg University has offered a master’s degree in public administration. To be eligible for admission to the master’s program, a student must: - Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university - Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average for his or her undergraduate studies; applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than a 2.75 must take either the GRE General Test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and achieve scores equivalent to or exceeding the mean - Have taken at least six (6) semester credits in political science or public administration at the undergraduate level; applicants who have not completed the required course work may be admitted on a conditional basis - Provide a current resume
MPA Locations The MPA program is offered both on campus in Shippensburg and at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg (DUC). We typically offer three courses per semester on campus and two at the DUC. Students can take courses one night per week at the DUC and finish their coursework in two years. Students who take courses at both locations can graduate in one and a half years or in one year by taking courses during the summer.
MPA Faculty Throughout the program, graduate students work closely with MPA faculty on applied research projects, primarily focusing on state and local government and the implementation of public policy. Our experienced faculty consists of public policy experts who deliver a curriculum rooted in contemporary theory and the practical issues today’s employees face. Class sizes are small to promote group interaction and ensure each student can benefit equally from the insights of their professors and peers.
MPA Career Paths and Opportunities The Public Administration Master’s program is a popular choice for anyone with a passion for public policy or a strong desire to work in civil service. Students also develop valuable management skills and other tools useful for influencing policy decisions from the nonprofit/non-governmental sector. They learn how to advocate for change and raise the profile of community stakeholders through effective, action-oriented discourse. Shippensburg University is located just 40 minutes from the Harrisburg state capitol. Optional course content focuses on Pennsylvania-specific issues in state and local governance — giving students an important advantage when entering the public service job market. Students remain close to the Capital Region and within a short drive of Philadelphia, New York and other major East Coast cities.
Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (See course description for additional information)