Public Administration, Master of Public Administration (051)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/political-science
Shannon K. Vaughan, email@example.com, (270) 745-2908
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
Graduate School Admission
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (36 hours)
The degree requires 36 semester hours of course work including completion of 21 hours of core courses: a 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|
|PS 597||Professional Seminar in Public Administration||3|
|or PS 598||Internship in Public Administration|
|Select 15 hours 1||15|
Electives include: Any graduate PS course; RSA 560, RSA 565, RSA 570, RSA 585, LEAD 500, LEAD 600, COMM 523, COMM 528, COMM 553, COMM 561, COMM 563, COMM 564, COMM 565, COMM 566, COMM 571, COMM 577, COMM 578, COMM 581, COMM 586, COMM 587, COMM 590.