Public Administration, MPA

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
, KY,
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About

ESLI offers conditional admission to hundreds of degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  Scholarship opportunities are also available for qualifying students.

The MPA program has trained professional public administrators since 1973 and has an excellent track record of job placements and career advances. The MPA program believes in the importance of the quality of education. 

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 they serve.

Careers

The WKU Public Administration Program is ideal for people who want to shape the future - both for themselves and their communities. It provides the knowledge and skills which are necessary in order to pursue a career in a variety of local, state, federal, and non-profit organizations.

Western Kentucky University Recent and Past MPA Grads are Working as

  • Director/Manager for non-profit agency
  • County Judge Executive (CJE's)
  • Director of Regional Airport
  • Manager of Area Development District
  • Public Health Department Manager
  • Public school administrator or college president
  • National and state campaign manager

Possible careers include

  • Personnel Management Specialist
  • City Manager
  • Public Information Officer
  • Program Analyst
  • Investigator
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Parole Agent
  • Field Examiner
  • Regional Administrator
  • Executive Director
  • Administrative Technician
  • Consultant

Accreditation

The program is an accredited member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Methods of Political Inquiry Analysis
  • Ethics and Bureaucracy
  • Public Personnel Management
  • Seminar in Public Policy Analysis Theoretical
  • Problems in National Government
For more information please visit the program website

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    39 semester hours alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
  • GRE Scores must be on file, see The Graduate School for GAP score requirements;

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10353 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10353 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10353 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Housing: $3,750

Living costs for Bowling Green

900 - 1,400 USD/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The graduate assistantship program at WKU provides graduate students the opportunity to earn an excellent salary and fringe benefits while advancing their career. Assistantships are available for qualified applicants -- please read the graduate assistantship overview to learn about qualifications, how to apply, potential benefits, and more.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.