Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program, with instruction in public management, public finance and public policy, prepares students for positions of leadership in public and nonprofit organizations. The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree draws upon the methods and perspectives of the social and behavioral sciences, economics and the humanities. The link between these disciplines and the challenges of public management are emphasized through the use of practitioners in the classroom, policy-relevant research assignments, public affairs seminars and internships. Teaching faculty, with significant professional experience in state and local government, are engaged in cutting-edge research relevant to public and nonprofit organizations in Kansas. This experience allows faculty to bring relevant perspectives on public management into the classroom.
Graduates of the MPA degree program now hold positions of responsibility in state and local government and in nonprofit agencies throughout the United States and in other countries. Graduates serve as city managers and department heads, program managers, finance directors, budget analysts, management analysts and agency planners. Although the majority are employed in public service, some graduates of the program have taken positions in the private sector, while still others have pursued additional study in law, doctoral education or other specializations.
Students seeking any of the graduate certificates in public administration must be graduate students in good standing either in a degree bound program or in nondegree, Category A status. Students should contact the Graduate School to determine if they need to apply for admission to this status, or need to reactivate their enrollment file. Students who have not completed graduate coursework at Wichita State University will need to apply for admission to degree status or nondegree, Category A status in public administration, by submitting an application and application fee to the Graduate School. Two official transcripts from all prior schools attended must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the institution issuing the transcript, or must be submitted to the Graduate School office in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, if issued to student. Admission to pursue a certificate program in public administration requires a GPA of 3.000 (4.000 system) in the last 60 credit hours of coursework, including any postgraduate work.