Public Administration, M.P.A.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the degree of choice for individuals with an interest in public affairs and professional management in the public and nonprofit sectors. Whether you’re seeking a first job in government or with a nonprofit organization, or are interested in advancing in an existing career, Georgia State’s MPA program provides the skills and knowledge government and nonprofit agencies seek. Join us as we explore new ideas and perspectives on public and nonprofit administration, policy and governance in the 21st century.

Our MPA program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Read the NASPAA Code of Good Practice. The college is also a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management. Recent national studies have ranked our overall public affairs curriculum among the top 21 programs nationwide, and among the top 10 for public finance and budgeting, urban policy, nonprofit management and local government management. Our Department of Public Management and Policy provides access to a community of research and teaching scholars with national and international reputations for their expertise and contributions to knowledge and practice across a broad range of administrative processes and policy concerns.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the MPP program (and its sibling MPA program), check here.

Public Administration, M.P.A.

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies


The MPA degree requires 39 hours of graduate coursework, comprised of 24 credit hours of required courses, 12 credit hours in a concentration and three credit hours of internship or practicum.

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The Master of Public Administration program prepares students to become leaders in public service careers as executives, managers, analysts and policy specialists in government and nonprofit organizations.

Program Characteristics

The MPA program is a late-afternoon/evening program with courses offered Monday-Thursday.  Classes are one night a week, taught either in the 4:30-7:00 p.m. or 7:15-9:45 p.m. time slot.

Classes are taught on Georgia State’s downtown campus. Students are welcome to enroll part-time or full-time based on their personal schedules and work demands.

The purpose of offering the program during evening hours is to not only accommodate those students who are already working professionals but also to ensure students have the ability to complete necessary internship requirements during business hours at local public agencies.

For recent program statistics, please visit our MPA Recent Program Statistics page.