Master'sPublic Administration

Wichita State’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program combines theory and practice in public management, public finance and public policy—preparing students for positions of leadership in public and nonprofit organizations. The program offers a completely online option. Graduates serve in diverse careers as city managers and department heads, program managers, finance directors, budget and management analysts and agency planners.

Learn how Public Administration is the right fit for you.

MPA program graduates at commencement

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

For admission into the MPA program, applicants must:

  • Be admitted into the WSU Grad School
  • Submit a letter of application outlining MPA-related career plans
  • Submit a resume including work and volunteer experience
  • Provide two letters of reference from individuals with direct knowledge of a student’s work experience or academic performance

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The Master of Public Administration degree consists of 39 graduate credit hours taken over at least five semesters of study—and may be taken completely online.

Core courses consist of 24 credit hours. In addition to the core, students develop a plan of study for 15 credit hours of electives which must be approved by an advisor. Depending on your interests and career goals, your electives may be used to complete graduate certificates in:

  • City and County Management
  • Economic Development
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Finance


A Master of Public Administration degree from Wichita State will help you take the next step in your career—and open doors to professional opportunities throughout the public and nonprofit sectors.

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