Department of Political Science
Master of Public Administration
Approximate Cost per Credit
$686 out of state
Time to Completion:
An MPA Built for Working Professionals
Kent State's online Master of Public Administration (MPA) is one of only a select number of online MPA programs in the United States that is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Our program is designed for busy working professionals who want to gain the knowledge, skills and credibility necessary to advance a career in the public sector. Using learning techniques that help you apply what you learn in real time, this program positions you for senior management positions in local, state and regional governments, as well as in nonprofit organizations.
But what can you do with a master's in public administration? Regarded as the core professional credential for a management career in public service, this online degree from Kent State can help you:
- Gain momentum in your public service career
- Become a trusted authority in your workplace
- Uncover exciting new ways to implement policy
- Expand your professional network
- Stand out to hiring managers
Online MPA at a Glance
- Graduate in as little as two years
- 100% online coursework
- 36 credits total* (12 three-credit courses)
- Eight required courses, three electives and one final capstone project
- Courses last seven weeks each, with two courses taken sequentially each semester
- Three start dates: January, May, August
*Students without substantive full-time administrative experience in a public service organization (as assessed by the MPA program coordinator) must complete at least three credit hours of an internship in addition to the required 36 credit hours of coursework.
Master of Public Administration
Kent State University’s online Master of Public Administration program helps equip you with the advanced expertise required of senior management in local, state and regional governments, as well as in nonprofit organizations.
Master’s Program Outcomes
Students in the online MPA program will learn to implement policies, projects and programs that resolve complex issues within organizations and public communities.
Between the required courses and the electives that comprise the degree, you’ll graduate with new knowledge and skill in many of these areas:
- Public personnel systems and their underlying public service values
- Budgeting and financial management
- Theory and techniques used to evaluate government programs
- Statistical methods and their use in public administration
- Strategic planning as it relates to program design and implementation
- Issues of morality and ethics associated with public service roles in a democratic society
- Management of information technology systems in public sector agencies
- The U.S. public policymaking process as it applies to nonprofit organizations
- Theory, practice and skills for leading nonprofit and public organizations
- Issues in public sector labor relations
- The implications of information and communication technology in public organizations
- Legal issues for nonprofit organizations in the United States
- Key aspects of effective nonprofit governance
- Successful strategies for fundraising and resource development for nonprofit organizations
Career Outcomes with a Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration degree empowers graduates with the advanced expertise required of senior management in nonprofit organizations and local, state and regional governments.
Our graduates thrive in leadership positions in:
- Government (all levels)
- Nonprofit sector
- Private sector
To be considered for admission, students must have completed a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a GPA of 2.7 or higher will be considered for conditional admission. Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about this process. The bachelor's degree may be in any area of study.
Further admissions requirements include:
- Completed online application
- Three letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers
- Application fee: $45
- Official transcripts
- Statement of purpose
- Writing sample
- No GRE required for admission
The application process is simple and we’re here to guide you through it.
Our Admissions Advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admissions requirements for the program. If you have questions, please email us at email@example.com or call us toll-free at + 844-844-4073.
Each applicant is required to create an account in the online application system, which allows people to save their applications and track the progress of materials submitted via the application system.
I am a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?
Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent, OH 44242
Please be sure to include your full name and Kent State ID (9-digit number starting with 8) on all submitted documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions at +1 330-672-2661 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?
Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242
For questions, contact International Admissions at +1 330-672-7970 or email@example.com.
The Master of Public Administration degree is comprised of three major components:*
- Eight core courses
- Three elective courses
- One final capstone project
*Those without substantive full-time administrative experience in a public service organization (as assessed by the MPA program coordinator) must complete at least three credit hours of an internship in addition to the required 36 credit hours of coursework.
Required Courses (24 credits)
PADM 60371 Graduate Introduction to Public Administration
PADM 60375 Public Personnel Administration
PADM 60377 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
PADM 60379 Program Evaluation I
PADM 60381 Methods in Public Administration
PADM 60574 Strategic Planning
PADM 60470 Personal Accountability in the Public Service
PADM 60386 Public Sector IT Management
PADM 60475 Capstone Seminar
MPA Internship Requirement (3 Credits)
Students without substantive full-time administrative experience in a public service organization (as assessed by the MPA program coordinator) must complete at least three credit hours of an internship in addition to the required 36 credit hours of coursework.
PADM 60392 Internship in Public Administration
MPA Electives (9 credits)
Students choose three of the following elective courses in consultation with their advisor. With prior approval of the MPA Coordinator, students may also choose appropriate elective courses from other university departments.
PADM 60200 Nonprofit Advocacy
PADM 60310 Leadership in the Nonprofit and Public Sector
PADM 60376 Labor Management Relations in the Public Sector
This course focuses on issues peculiar to public sector labor relations, including the impact of public employee unionism on traditional merit systems and personnel policy decision processes.
PADM 60382 Seminar in Public Administration
PADM 60387 Electronic Governance
PADM 60471 Nonprofit Law
PADM 60472 Nonprofit Board Executive Relationships
PADM 60477 Nonprofit Financial Resource Development
Courses are delivered through Canvas, our course management system. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups, and other learning enhancements. To participate in this online program, you will need a computer and broadband internet connection. Your program may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If you have questions regarding technology requirements for the program, please contact your Admissions Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at +844-844-4073.
Exclusive Opportunity for KSU Undergraduates: The Accelerated MPA Degree Option
Launch your career sooner than you expected to. In Kent State’s public administration program, juniors and seniors with qualifying GPAs can apply up to 12 credit hours of coursework toward the public administration bachelor’s and master’s degrees. By earning double credits, you’ll earn your online MPA earlier than anticipated, save money on tuition and fees, and be prepared to dive into your career ahead of your classmates and ahead of schedule. For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor at email@example.com or toll-free at + 844-844-4073.
What Can You Do with an MPA?
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Tuition and Financial Aid
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An additional distance learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change. For comprehensive tuition information, please refer to the tuition rates posted on the Bursar’s website.
We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment. Your Admissions Advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with financial aid representatives when you are ready to discuss your financial options.