Public Administration, Master of Public Administration (051)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/political-science
Daniel P. Boden, email@example.com, (270) 745-6357
The MPA program prepares graduate students from diverse backgrounds to be productive leaders and managers in public service by sharing knowledge, encouraging excellence in research and practice, and fostering an environment of professionalism within the communities we serve. We have a long history of providing quality education and practical experience to our students through community partnerships with organizations such as Kentucky's area development districts, the Legislative Research Commission, and the Center for Local Governments. Graduates go on to serve in a variety of local, state, federal, and nonprofit organizations, and many have successfully pursued doctoral degrees upon graduation from the MPA program.
Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)
This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years. Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.
In addition to meeting all admission requirements to the Graduate School, admission to the Master of Public Administration program requires the following:
- Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and have scores sent directly to the WKU Graduate School. (Note: Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution and/or 3 years of relevant work experience in the public sector are exempt from the GRE requirement.)
- Send two (2) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send Statement of Purpose outlining how the MPA degree will help accomplish career goals and objectives to email@example.com.
- Send current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (39 hours)
The degree requires 39 semester hours of course work including completion of 18 hours of core courses. An internship is required of all students. A final written comprehensive examination must be passed. Thesis is not required.
|PS 501||Research Methods in Public Administration||3|
|PS 530||Public Sector Organizations||3|
|PS 538||Public Service Ethics||3|
|PS 541||Human Resources Management in Public Administration||3|
|PS 542||Public & Nonprofit Budgeting||3|
|PS 560||Public Policy Theory||3|
|or PS 562||Public Policy Implementation & Evaluation|
|Select 18 hours 1||18|
|Professional Experience 2|
|PS 595||Washington Internship and Seminar||3|
|or PS 597||Professional Seminar in Public Administration|
|or PS 598||Internship in Public Administration|
See MPA Advisor for list of approved electives.
The MPA degree at WKU requires an internship of all students. Students entering the MPA program with relevant public sector experience may, upon approval, have the internship requirement of PS 598 or PS 595 substituted with PS 597.