Earn your Master of Public 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.
A career boosting certificate in Nonprofit Management, City and County Management, Economic Development, or Public Finance is worked in as part of the degree requirements.
The Master of Public Administration degree may be taken completely online and consists of 39 graduate credit hours taken over at least three semesters of study. Core courses consist of 24 credit hours; and students develop a plan of study for 15 advisor-approved credit hours of electives in city/county management, economic development, nonprofit management, or public finance. This 15 hour block can lead to the certificate in Nonprofit Management, City and County Management, Economic Development, or Public Finance.
Learn more about course requirements in the Graduate School Catalog:Master of Public Administration
The MPA degree from Wichita State opens career opportunities in the public sector by providing specialization and professional development through advanced study. In fact, 100% of WSU graduates of this program find a job within one year of graduation. Prepare to take on management roles at various levels, from nonprofits to state and local government.
Possible careers include:
- City Manager
- County Executive
- Financial Manager at a Nonprofit
- Nonprofit Director or Administrator
- Research Analyst
- Policy Expert
Application and Admission Requirements
Applications are evaluated upon receipt, only a limited number of students are accepted in this program each year. No GRE required.
- Undergraduate degree must be from a regionally accredited institution
- Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in last 60 hours of coursework
Candidates must pay the application fee and submit items listed below on the Graduate School Application Portal:
- Letter of Application - outline career plans and how the degree will help you achieve those goals
- Resume - include professional and volunteer experience
- Two professional letters of reference
We accept students on a rolling basis with the deadlines of:
- Fall Semester: April 1
- Spring Semester: November 1
- Summer Semester: May 1