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Online Master in
Public Administration

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1-Year Accelerated Program

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Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2022.

Email required admission documents to graduate@clayton.edu.

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A Degree for Effective Public Leaders

A degree for public leaders

Fast-track your career in public administration and policy with a 36-credit hour degree program you can earn in as few as 12 months. Courses include foundational work in local government administration, research and applied statistics, human resource management, organizational theory, as well as ethics and legal issues. You can also gain practical experience in the public sector through a supervised field experience in a governmental or non-profit agency.

Application Deadlines

Fall

Priority: May 1

Final: July 15

Spring

Priority: October 1

Final: November 15

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete the program?

The MPA can be completed in as little as 12 months with full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. Students will enroll in 3 consecutive terms, starting in fall, spring, or summer.

What are the admission requirements?

General Requirements for Admission:

Admission into the program will be based on several factors to ensure a talented and diverse student body, including:

  • Completed online application to the School of Graduate Studies; application fee, $50
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution, verified by official transcript(s)
    • With overall GPA of 3.0 or higher; OR
    • With a minimum overall GPA of 2.5-2.99 AND a combined GRE score of 300 or higher
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of professional or academic reference
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume

When do the fall, spring, and summer semester begin?

Term Start Dates:

Fall 2022: August 13

Spring 2023: January 8

Summer 2023: May 22

What does a typical course schedule look like?

Students will usually take 5 courses in the Fall and Spring semesters, and 2 courses in the Summer session to graduate in 1 year. Most Fall and Spring semester courses are short, 8-week sessions covering the same amount of content as a 16-week semester-long course. Summer courses are 9-week short sessions.

How much does the program cost?

For 36 credit hours, the program will cost $15,088 for newly admitted students in Fall 2022

What are the requirements to complete the degree program?

The MPA Program consists of 36 credit hours. The following 3-credit courses comprise the core curriculum:

POLS 5010 – Public Administration
POLS 5050 – Research Methods and Applied Statistics
POLS 6060 – Public Administration Human Resource Management
POLS 6230 – Local Government Administration and Finance
POLS 6250 – Organizational Theory and Management
POLS 6060 – Ethics in Public Administration

Students will also take fifteen credit hours (5 courses) of program electives. The final three credit hours are earned by completing either an internship or a capstone course.

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

A GRE score of 300 or higher is required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

For questions about applying or more information on the program, contact the School of Graduate Studies by email at graduate@clayton.edu.

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