Public Administration, Master of Public Administration (051)


Program Coordinator

Daniel P. Boden,, (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.

Program Admission

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.

Required Core
PS 501Methods of Political Inquiry3
PS 538Ethics and Bureaucracy3
PS 540Seminar in Public Sector Organization3
PS 541Public Personnel Administration3
PS 542Government Financial Administration3
PS 545Seminar in Public Policy Analysis3
or PS 546 Public Policy Evaluation
Select 18 hours 118
Select one course with approval by MPA academic advisor from the following:3
Washington Internship and Seminar
Professional Seminar in Public Administration
Internship in Public Administration
Total Hours39

 See MPA Advisor for list of approved electives.