Master of Public Administration Degree

  • Total Credit Hours: 36
  • Degree Format: Online, Traditional

About this field

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a non-thesis program. Applicants for admission to the MPA program are considered for acceptance regardless of their undergraduate degree area. This program is designed to allow in-service professionals the opportunity to meet the degree requirements in a swift, convenient manner. 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.

The Valdosta State Difference

Curriculum is web-based allowing you to earn your degree without relocating or disrupting professional and personal commitments at in-state tuition rates. You’ll have access to coursework 24/7 on your own schedule and at your own location. The program is also accredited by NASPAA – the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. It is ranked in the Top 10 by, it is a Best Buy in online masters degree programs, and a Top 10 Online MPA Program by

What You'll Learn

The MPA degree will provide a comprehensive understanding of public administration and government, basic skills and a broadened perspective required of manager/administrators, strong oral and written communication skills, knowledge of current technology used in the fields, sensitivity of diverse groups, and distinguished analytical abilities.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Acceptable cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Resume
  • Career goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation

For full program admission requirements follow this link to the Graduate School at Valdosta State University


You will be required to work 300 hours as a participant-observer in a government, non-profit, or NGO. An internship will provide you with first-hand work experience in the following: program development, evaluation strategies, budgeting, process mapping, report preparation, or general administrative activities.


  • Assistant City Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Budget Director
  • City Administrator
  • City Manager
  • City Planner
  • County Executive
  • Court Administrator
  • Economic Development Director
  • Environmental Health Administrator
  • Environmental Health Director
  • Finance Officer
  • Human Resources Director
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Municipal Budget Director
  • Nonprofit Chief Operation Officer
  • Nonprofit Executive Director
  • Parks and Recreation Management
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Affairs Director
  • Public Policy Director
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Public Works Director
  • Research Analyst
  • Town Manager