Public Administration, M.S.A.

Degree:Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.)
Specialization:Public Administration
Certificates:Acquisition and Contract Administration
Leadership in Public Service and Nonprofit Administration
Department:Administration and Law
Building 70, Room 101
College:Education and Professional Studies
CIP Code:52.0206
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 36

The Master of Science in Administration is designed to prepare students for leadership roles as managers and administrators in public, nonprofit, and private agencies. The core courses prepare students to assume positions in a variety of public administration settings and certificates are available to prepare them for management and administration in a specific field. There are two certificates from which students may choose: Acquisition and Contract Administration and Leadership in Public Service and Nonprofit Administration.

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the M.S.A. must meet the requirements listed below. No more than 49% of the program requirements for the M.S.A. degree may be taken in traditional business subjects.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests:**
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Undergraduate transcripts and institutional GPA
  • Graduate GPA, if applicable
  • Submission of letter of intent describing the candidate’s work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals.
  • Overall fit with the program

** - The requirement for submission of one of the graduate admissions tests will be waived by the department for those students with a minimum of a 3.25 institutional undergraduate GPA. 

Program Requirements

All students in the M.S.A will complete 6 hours of business core, a common public administration core, and at least one 9 credit hour certificate. Students must earn a “C” or above in all courses. 

M.S.A Business Core

GEB 5872MBA Foundations: Financial Management I1.5
GEB 5875MBA Foundations: Management Skills and Applications1.5
MAN 6156Management and Organizational Behavior3
Total Hours6