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Connect to Your Future in Public Administration

Connect with your community’s needs while completing the Master of Public Administration program at Wichita State. With a focus on leadership in both public and nonprofit organizations worldwide, the online or on-campus MPA program is a perfect fit for professionals seeking to advance their careers.


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.


About the Program

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
How much will it cost?
Wichita State Online students pay in-state tuition regardless of where they live. The cost of tuition varies depending on degree, credits, and courses. Visit the tuition page for more information.
What careers could I advance to?

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

Admission Requirements

Applications are evaluated upon receipt, only a limited number of students are accepted in this program each year. No GRE required.

  1. Undergraduate degree must be from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in last 60 hours of coursework
Application Materials

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
      • Transcripts
      • Two professional letters of reference
Application Deadlines

We accept students on a rolling basis with the deadlines of:

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • Summer Semester: May 1