Program Details

Explore the MPA and DPA program descriptions and requirements to get a feel for the coursework. Recipients of these degrees will be ready to face the world and make an impact!

**Due to current circumstances, we will accept applications for the MPA program without test scores through the Spring 2021 semester.**

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE

  • Admission Requirements

     

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Online Graduate Application

    • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
    • Apply Online

    Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework

    (Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School)

    • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution.
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service. We consider evaluations from any services on the NACES Membership list.

    Graduate Record Exam

    or

    Miller Analogies Test

    or

    Graduate Management Admissions Test

    • Minimum GRE Requirements:
      • 146 Verbal AND 3.5 Analytical or
      • 285 combined Verbal AND Quantitative
      • If taken prior to Oct 2002: 800 overall (Verbal plus either Quantitative or Analytical).
    • Minimum MAT Score: 375
    • Minimum GMAT Score: 450
    MPA Supplemental Application
    Resume
    • A comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae.

    Three Recommendations

    (General Recommendation Form Required)

    • Recommendation letters from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic work. 

    VSU Medical Form

    • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
    • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
    • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

    Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

    Learn More on the Graduate School's admission page.

  • MPA Program Description

    Total Credit Hours: 36   Degree Format: Online, Traditional

    The Master of Public Administration Degree is designed to prepare students for productive and rewarding careers in public service. The format of the program accommodates students currently employed in the public sector as well as students seeking entry-level positions. The MPA Program is designed to complement any undergraduate degree. 

    Students pursuing the MPA degree online or at the Moody Campus must complete 36 hours of coursework. The program includes 24 hours of required core courses and 12 hours in a concentration area. Students who take a full course load each semester can finish the program in as few as four semesters.

    The MPA is offered in three concentrations: Public Sector Management, Public Sector Human Resource Management, and Public Policy. The Public Sector Management and Public Policy concentrations are offered fully online, while the Public Sector Human Resource Management is offered in a traditional setting at the Moody Air Force Base Campus. Students may take concentration courses from different areas as approved by the PA Coordinator.

    The 24-hour core includes PADM 7300: Foundations Seminar in Public Administration which must be taken in the first semester. Your final semester will require you to take PADM 7210: Internship in Public Administration and PADM 7900: Capstone Seminar in Public Administration. These courses serve as the exit requirement for the MPA program.

    Learn about the program's Mission and Goals by clicking here.

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    DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS IN ADDITION TO UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION:

    A student desiring work in the College of Arts and Sciences on the MPA degree must present a score of 450 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or a combined score of 285 [800 old] or more on the verbal and quantitative or 146 [400 old] on the verbal and 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or 375 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). 

    Also, a student must submit a resume, a career goal statement and three letters of recommendation.

    For more information about these exams please visit Valdosta State University's Testing Website:

    Valdosta State University Office of Testing  
    phone: (229) 245 - 3878 | e-mail:  testing@valdosta.edu  | Website: Testing Center

    Selected Educational Outcomes:

    Upon a successful completion of the MPA program students will:

    1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic technical skills needed to succeed in a public or not-for-profit organization.
    2. Develop a broad outlook and an understanding of ethical factors required of program managers and administrators in public or not-for-profit agencies operating in a multicultural context.
    3. Strengthen oral and written communication skills.
    4. Gain familiarity with up-to-date information management systems.

  • MPA Program Requirements

    MPA Core (Required) Courses

    Dept. / #

    Course Name

    Hours

    PADM 7000

    Human Resource Management

    3

    PADM 7060

    Quantitative Methods for PA

    3

    PADM 7410

    Performance Analysis

    3

    PADM 7110

    Information Management

    3

    PADM 7140

    Governmental Budgeting & Finance

    3

    PADM 7170

    Organizational Theory & Behavior

    3

    PADM 7300 *

    Foundation Seminar in PA

    3

    PADM 7900**

    Capstone Seminar in PA

    2

    PADM 7210**

    Internship in PA

    1

    Core Total

     

    24 Hours

    * Must be taken in first semester.

    ** Co-requisite courses, must be taken during final semester

    Concentration Area (all courses for a concentration must be approved by advisor)

    12 Hours

    MPA Program Total

    36 Hours

DOCTOR OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE

  • Admission Requirements

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Online Graduate Application

    • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
    • Apply Online

    Official transcript from your master's degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework

    (Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School)

    • Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
    • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service.  We consider evaluations from any services on the NACES Membership list.

    Graduate Record Exam

    Minimum GRE Requirements:
    • 153 Verbal AND 5.0 Analytical or
    • 295 combined Verbal and Quantitative
    • If taken prior to October 2002: 1000 overall (500 Verbal plus either Quantitative or Analytical)

    Written Statement

    (Instructions)

    A two-page written statement by the applicant stating why they are interested in enrolling in the Doctor of Public Administration program, what goals they have for advancing their intellectual abilities in the program, and how study in the program will advance their professional goals.

    Three Recommendations

    (General Recommendation Form Required)

    • For applicants who completed coursework in the last three years, two recommendations from former professors are encouraged. The third recommendation source should be from a supervisor with whom the applicant is/was employed for more than 6 months.
    • Applicants who have not enrolled in coursework in the last three years should seek professional recommendations.
    • Personal recommendation sources (friends, family) are discouraged.

    Resume

    A comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae.

    VSU Medical Form

    • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
    • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
    • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

    Verification of Lawful Presence

    (Effective Fall 2011 for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

    • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
    • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
    • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
    • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

    Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

    Learn More on the Graduate School's admission page.

  • DPA Program Description

    Total Credit Hours: 54   Degree Format: Online

    The Doctor of Public Administration Degree is a practitioner-oriented degree that helps students to develop the essential leadership, management, communication, and problem solving abilities necessary to succeed in today’s professional environment.  The courses in the program are designed to suit the information and skill needs of professionals currently in the field. The DPA degree is designed to provide students with the analytical and research skills that may be used in a variety of professional careers.  While the public and the not-for-profit sectors have traditionally offered the greatest employment opportunities for DPA graduates, the degree is also highly marketable in the private sector given its analytical and research-oriented focus.

    Students pursuing the DPA degree online at Valdosta State University must complete 54 hours of course work to include 15 hours of required core courses, 9 hours of methods, 15 hours in a concentration area approved by the DPA Coordinator, and 6 hours of guided electives approved by the DPA Coordinator. The 15 hour core includes PADM 9030: Logic of Inquiry which must be taken in the first semester. Your final semester of coursework will require you to take PADM 9990: Capstone Seminar and PADM 9999: Final Project. These courses serve as the exit requirement for the DPA program. 

    The majority of the DPA program is designed around the use of web technology, residency orientations on VSU main campus each fall and spring semester, seminars and meetings, and intensive individual study of a research topic and writing of a capstone project which is supervised by DPA faculty members.  

    DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS IN ADDITION TO UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION:

    A student desiring work in the College of Arts and Sciences on the DPA degree must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test. The student must present a combined minimum score of 295 [1000 old] on the verbal and quantitative portions or 153 [500 old] on the verbal and 5.0 on the analytical writing section.

    Also, a student must submit a comprehensive resume, a one to two page career goal statement and three letters of recommendation (2 from professors and 1 from a supervisor of employment).

    For more information about these exams please visit Valdosta State University's Testing Website:


    Valdosta State University
     Office of Testing 
    phone: (229) 245 - 3878 | e-mail:  testing@valdosta.edu  | Website: Testing Center

  • DPA Program Requirements

    DPA Core (Required) Courses

    Dept. / #

    Course Name

    Hours

    PADM 9000

    Administration and Government

    3

    PADM 9010

    Financial Management for Public & Non-Government Orgs.

    3

    PADM 9020

    Managing HR in Public & Non-Government Orgs.

    3

    PADM 9060

    Information & Data Management

    3

    PADM 9070

    Culture of Formal Work Organizations

    3

    Core Total

     

    15

    DPA Methods (Required) Courses

    Dept. / #

    Course Name

    Hours

    PADM 9030

    Logic of Inquiry in Public Administration

    3

    PADM 9040

    Research Methods in Public Administration

    3

    PADM 9050

    Program Evaluation

    3

    Methods Total

     

    9

    Concentration Area - Must identify upon completion of 18 hours of coursework

    15

    (all courses for a concentration area must be approved by a DPA Coordinator)

     

    Guided Electives

    6

    (all courses for guided electives must be approved by advisor)

     

    Capstone Seminar & Project (required)

    Dept. / #

    Course Name

    Hours

    PADM 9990**

    Capstone Seminar

    3

    PADM 9999**

    Final Project / Organization Analysis

    3

    PADM 9999**

    Final Project / Organization Analysis

    1-3

    Core Total

     

    9

    ** Co-requisite courses, must be taken during final semester

    DPA Program Total

    54

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

  • Admission Requirements

     

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Online Graduate Application

    • Application Fee  (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
    • Apply Online

    Proof of Bachelor's Degree

    (Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

    • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution before applying to the program
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded
    • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.

    VSU Medical Form

    • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
    • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
    • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

    Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

    Learn More on the Graduate School's admissions page.

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  • Non-Profit Management Certificate

    Total Credit Hours: 12   Degree Format: Online

    Non-Profit Management certificates provide preparation for persons working in the non-profit sector and those who desire to expand their knowledge about non-profit work. Two required courses lay the foundation for the certificate, and two electives from available course offerings allow the student to focus on specific areas of need or interest.

    Dept. / #

    Core Courses (Required)

    Hours

    PADM 7040

    Non-Profit Management

    3

    PADM 7240

    Public Administration & Community-Based Organizations

    3

    Core Total

    6

     

    Dept. / #

    Elective Courses (Choose two)

    Hours

    PADM 7400

    Ethics & Public Administration

    3

    PADM 7860

    Grant Writing & Management 

    3

    PADM 7410

    Performance Analysis for Government & Non-Governmental Organizations

    3

    PADM 7670 Quality Management in Public Admin 3
    PADM 7270 Innovation & Creative Problem Solving in the Public Sector 3
    PADM 7170 Organizational Theory & Behavior 3
    PADM 7120 Accounting for the Public Sector 3
    PADM 7020 Public Sector Planning 3

    Required Elective Total

     

    6

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  • Public Management Certificate

    Total Credit Hours: 12   Degree Format: Online

    For persons working in the public sector or those who have a desire to work in the public sector, the Public Management concentration provides a good overview to the field. Two required courses provide theoretical and practical underpinnings for public management, and participants may choose two other courses from available course offerings as electives to tailor the program to their own interests or need for additional education.

    Dept. / #

    Core Courses (Required)

    Hours

    PADM 7140

    Governmental Budgeting & Finance

    3

    PADM 7350

    Intergovernmental Management

    3

    Core Total

     

    6

     

    Dept. / #

    Elective Courses (Choose Two)

    Hours

    PADM 7020

    Public Sector Planning

    3

    PADM 7260

    Democracy & Public Administration

    3

    PADM 7410

    Performance Analysis for Government & Non-Profit Organizations

    3

    PADM 7120

    Accounting for the Public Sector

    3

    PADM 7110 Information Management 3
    PADM 7400 Ethics & Public Administration 3
    PADM 7250 Managing Small Cities & Counties 3
    PADM 7860 Grant Writing & Management 3
    PADM 7270 Innovation & Creative Problem Solving in the Public Sector 3
    PADM 7380 Politics of Managing Urban Areas 3
    PADM 7670 Quality Management in Public Admin 3
    Required Elective Total 6
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  • Public Sector Human Resource Management Certificate

    Total Credit Hours: 12   Degree Format: Traditional

    Certificates in Public Sector Human Resource Management are available to those who want to expand their theortical and practical knowledge of managing human resources in the public sector. Certificate programs can enhance knowledge for current managers who are in need of greater expertise in this area, as well as a good foundation for those who want a career focus in human resource management. Two required courses lay the foundation for the certificate, and two electives from available course offerings allow the student to focus on specific areas of need or interest for additional education.

    Dept. / #

    Core Courses (Required)

    Hours

    PADM 7000

    Human Resource Management

    3

    PADM 7010

    Public Sector Labor Relations

    3

    Core Total

     

    6

     

    Dept. / #

    Elective Courses (Choose Two)

    Hours

    PADM 7170

    Organizational Theory & Behavior

    3

    PADM 7180

    Labor Law

    3

    PADM 7220

    Managing Diversity in the Public Workforce

    3

    PADM 7410

    Performance Analysis for Government & Non-Governmental Organizations

    3

    Required Elective Total 6

     

     
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