MPA Programs in Georgia

These 10 schools in Georgia offer Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs with various concentrations and credit requirements. Learn about the common core courses, coursework formats, and tuition costs of these programs. Schools offering Public Administration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia's Master of Public Administration program requires 41 semester hours that can be completed in two years of full-time study; students can opt for a generalist track or choose a specialization in nonprofit administration, health policy, higher education, public policy, public budgeting and finance, organization theory, and local government. The core courses focus on data applications, personnel administration, public finance, policy analysis, and research methods.

Georgia State University

Georgia State University offers a 39-credit graduate program in public administration with concentrations in management and finance, policy analysis, criminal justice, public health management, nonprofit sector, and urban planning and economic development. The curriculum includes courses in public administration theories and practice, microeconomics, budgeting and finance, public management systems, administrative law, organizational behavior, and research methodologies.

University of North Georgia

The graduate program in public administration at the University of North Georgia requires 36 semester hours and features concentrations in military leadership, diversity, and public affairs. Coursework is available online with options for full-time or part-time study; common courses include public budgeting, policy analysis, organizational theory, law and ethics, and public personnel management.

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University's Master of Public Administration program provides concentrations in nonprofit, government, and information systems administration; a dual option for a Master of Business Administration degree is also available for qualified students. The curriculum consists of 36 semester hours and includes courses in public organization theory, public budgeting, governmental relations, policy analysis, and HR management.

University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia offers a 36-credit master's program in public administration with specializations in nonprofit organizations and community development, public management, and disaster/emergency management. Students can expect to take courses in public administration theory and ethics, budgeting and finance, policy analysis, administrative law, public administration, and research methods; all courses are offered online, but students can also take courses on campus.

Columbus State University

Columbus State University offers a graduate program in public administration with a specialization in government administration. The 36-credit curriculum consists of courses in research methods, policy analysis, law and ethics, public budgeting and finance, and public administration.

Georgia College & State University

The Master of Public Administration program at Georgia College & State University consists of 36 credits that students can finish in four semesters on a full-time basis. The curriculum is offered online and features elective courses in environmental policy, urban planning, public-private partnerships, national security policy, and international governance.

Clayton State University

Clayton State University offers a 36-credit master's degree program in public administration that can be completed in 12 months; students can choose to specialize in criminal justice or administration and policy. Core courses include public administration, local government management and finance, organizational theory, and ethics and law; the curriculum also requires 15 credit hours of elective courses.

Augusta University

Augusta University's graduate program in public administration requires 36 credits and provides an optional concentration in criminal justice; students can also earn certificates in nonprofit management and in urban planning and community development through extra credit hours. The curriculum offers electives in emergency management, homeland security, urban governance, juvenile delinquency, crime policy, research methods, and grant writing; the normal course load for full-time study is nine hours per semester while part-time students take on six hours per semester.

Reinhardt University

Reinhardt University's Master of Public Administration program requires 36 credits that can be completed in 24 months; classes are held on-campus and supplemented with an online component. The curriculum features courses in applied statistics, criminal justice policy and administration, police administration, local governance, public policy, budgeting and finance, administrative law, and public service ethics.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
University of Georgia Master of Public Administration $8,704 in-state, $24,692 out-of-state
Georgia State University Master of Public Administration $7,020 in-state, $22,518 out-of-state
University of North Georgia Master of Public Administration $4,050 in-state, $16,164 out-of-state
Kennesaw State University Master of Public Administration $5,220 in-state, $18,810 out-of-state
University of West Georgia Master of Public Administration $4,086 in-state, $15,876 out-of-state
Columbus State University Master of Public Administration $5,742 in-state, $11,952 out-of-state
Georgia College & State University Master of Public Administration $5,184 in-state, $18,486 out-of-state
Clayton State University Master of Public Administration $5,512 in-state, $13,507 out-of-state
Augusta University Master of Public Administration $5,144 in-state, $17,544 out-of-state
Reinhardt University Master of Public Administration $8,732

Source: *NCES College Navigator

A master's program in public administration prepares students for management roles in the government sector and nonprofit institutions. Coursework, which can be offered on-campus or online, usually tackles public administration, public policy, legal issues and ethics, and financial management.

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