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MPA Public Management
Master of Public Administration Public Management Track Online

Program Overview


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Public Management track is designed to enhance the careers of law enforcement and public sector professionals in order to affordably achieve management-, director- or executive-level positions.

icon $11,025 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months* Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $11,025 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months* Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
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Created by working professionals seeking to give back to their community, the Arkansas State University MPA program is fully accredited through the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Unlike most MPAs, A-State’s 100% online program allows you to focus on specifics of management within public administration and gain hands-on experience through internship opportunities. The online MPA Public Management track offers courses that focus on the skills required for effective public administration, from managing people and money to resources and programs. All Arkansas State online courses are taught by committed and professional faculty members and combine real world experience and academic expertise.

Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. With the capstone option, internships are strongly encouraged for all pre-service students. Internships are normally undertaken after a student has completed 18 credit hours. Internships are open only to students with a grade point average of no less than 3.0.

Within the MPA online core courses, you will focus on area of learning, including:

  • Developing dispositions, knowledge and skills for rigorous problem analysis and successful collaboration leading to comprehensive solutions
  • Building communities and social infrastructures through the use of clear communication and ethical and effective management techniques
  • Integrating theory and practice through authentic, performance-based field activities

Within the Public Management track, you will:

  • Examine administrative structures and patterns of behavior in public sector organizations
  • Develop a theoretical and technical framework for understanding the fundamentals of policy analysis and evaluation and political processes
  • Gain an understanding of administrative methods associated with governmental revenues, expenditures and fiscal control of public organizations

MPA Internship Guide (.PDF)

MPA Guide Online Edition (.PDF)

MPA FAQs (.PDF)

Textbook Information (.PDF)

State Program Approvals (.PDF)

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Isaac White

"Now I’m in a position where I wouldn’t have even conceived of as a career path…and it’s because of the MPA program."

–Isaac White, A-State online MPA student, the first to be selected to the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program.

Tuition


Our MPA online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Total Tuition $11,025
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $306.25
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$268.00 $38.25 $306.25 $804.00 $114.75 $918.75

Ready for the next step—Master of Public Administration Online

 

Calendar


Our MPA online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2018 7wk 10/15/2018 12/7/2018 9/24/2018 10/1/2018 10/5/2018 10/12/2018 11/14/2018
Spring 2019 7wk 1/14/2019 3/1/2019 12/3/2018 12/10/2018 1/5/2019 1/11/2019 2/19/2019
7wk 3/11/2019 5/3/2019 2/18/2019 2/24/2019 3/1/2019 3/8/2019 4/17/2019
Summer 2019 7wk 5/13/2019 6/28/2019 4/22/2019 4/29/2019 5/3/2019 5/10/2019 6/6/2019
7wk 7/1/2019 8/16/2019 6/10/2019 6/17/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/25/2019
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
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Admissions


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the MPA online program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Review full admission requirements below.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree or a master's degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or 3.2 in the last 60 hours) on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a 2-3 page Statement of Purpose
  • An applicant's undergraduate background must include courses with grades of "C" or higher in American national government and principles of economics or their equivalents. If the student is deficient, these courses must be taken in addition to the graduate course requirements. Such undergraduate deficiencies must be completed prior to or during the first graduate enrollment period.
  • All Accepted MPA students must complete the MPA Code of Conduct and Civility.

Additional Information

MPA Admissions Information (.PDF)

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Program. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Ranked #1

A-State's MPA Ranked #1 in the 10 Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Public Administration by Best College Values (2017).

Courses


Students pursuing this degree must complete 36 credit hours, which includes co-requisite courses (as required), MPA courses (21 hours) and Public Management track courses (15 hours) listed below.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

ECON 2333: Economic Issues and Concepts

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed to give the student a basic understanding of our economic system. Basic economic concepts will be explored and contemporary economic problems and issues will be examined in light of the concepts learned.

POSC 6003: Techniques of Political and Public Administration Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Develops a working knowledge of the substance of contemporary research in political science and public administration and of alternative research strategies and techniques of data analysis in contemporary research.

POSC 6553: Public Budgeting and Finance

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of political processes and administrative methods associated with governmental revenues, expenditures, and fiscal control of public organizations.

POSC 6563: Seminar in Public Administration

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the development of public administration as a profession; its history, political environment, ethics, and its method.

POSC 6573: Grant Writing and Administration

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis is placed on a step-by-step process through all stages of writing successful proposals and on providing technical expertise and knowledge through campus outreach efforts of faculty and students to strengthen the nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations that serve the local communities.

POSC 6593: Seminar in Human Resources Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of policies, procedures, strategies, laws and regulations implemented in human resources management for public and nonprofit organizations.

POSC 6613: Administrative Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the techniques and practices that successful managers employ to get their work done through politicians, subordinates, and citizens. Emphasis is placed on issues that are faced by first time managers.

POSC 6623: Administrative Ethics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of the theoretical, philosophical, and practical tools needed for making appropriate decisions in the role of an administrator in a public or not for profit organization.

Must complete 15 credit hours, including choosing between POSC 6603 or POSC 6633.

POSC 6423: Public Financial Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will emphasize financial planning and management in local government.

POSC 6533: Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Provides a theoretical and technical framework for understanding the fundamentals of policy analysis and evaluation.

POSC 6543: Administrative Behavior

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of administrative structures and patterns of behavior in public sector organizations.

POSC 6603: Internship in Public Administration

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. With the capstone option, internships are strongly encouraged for all pre-service students. Internships are normally undertaken after a student has completed 18 credit hours. Internships are open only to students with a grade point average of no less than 3.0.

POSC 6633: Public Information Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of how various governmental units juggle the competing demands of sound management and playing politics when devising communication strategies with emphasis placed on crisis management and how information is marketed for maximum impact.

POSC 6653: MPA Capstone Experience

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed for students to construct a professional portfolio to showcase, in a single document, the skills, competencies, and knowledge they have developed over their time in the MPA program.

MPA Prerequisite Course Schedule (.PDF)

MPA Program Coursework Rotation Online (.PDF)

Learn how an A-State online MPA helped shape outdoor enthusiast Jeff Crow’s career in public service.

 

*In order to complete in 18 months, two courses must be taken each start and must begin program in the first session of the semester.

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