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Public Administration, M.P.A.
The mission of the Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.) is to develop both the general knowledge and specific abilities needed for professional careers in public service organizations. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to act ethically and effectively in public management, urban and regional policy and planning, government, criminal justice, and healthcare administration.
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The M.P.A. program offers the following concentrations:
- Criminal justice
- Health administration
- Nonprofit management and leadership
- Policy analysis, advocacy, and evaluation
- State, regional, and local governance
Why Study Public Administration at Grand Valley?
- Grand Valley is actively involved with the community in professional service activities and applied research.
- Students receive personal attention by faculty in all courses in our student-oriented, teaching-focused program.
- The program meets the diverse educational needs of part-time and full-time students with a flexible, innovative curriculum design that includes evening and weekend courses, workshops, and Web-enhanced learning.
- Students have opportunities for research.
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288C DeVos Center
Location & Format
Classes for the program meet on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.Format:
- Face To Face
Students study a variety of topics, including:
- Economic and community development
- Metropolitan politics and administration
- Nonprofit financial management
- Philanthropy and the nonprofit sector
- Public budgeting
- Public policy analysis
- U.S. health administration
Career opportunities include positions as:
- City managers
- Community developers
- Department heads
- Financial managers
- Foreign service officers
- Program or agency directors
Skills Employers Want
The Master of Public Administration at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual public administration job openings.
- Public Administration
- Financial Statements
- Public Relations
Deadline for fall semester is June 1; winter is November 1; and spring/summer is April 1. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit gvsu.edu/gradapply/.
- An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale calculated on the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
- Three letters of reference from informed sources
- A detailed resume
- An essay on career and educational objectives (250-750 words)
- A demonstrated commitment to community and public service
- Submitting a GRE score is recommended for applicants who have neither a 3.0 undergraduate GPA nor five years of professional experience. The GRE is also recommended for applicants applying for a graduate assistantship with SPNHA.
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