The central purpose of the MPA program at The University of Georgia is to educate students for professional careers in public service, including management and policy analysis in government and nonprofit organizations.

Degree Type: Masters

Degree Program Code: MPA_PADP_GWN

Degree Program Summary:

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of Georgia is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best for public service education. The MPA degree is designed to educate students for administrative, managerial, and policy analytical careers in federal, state, and local levels of government and the nonprofit sector. The program is open to students with no public service experience and mid-career professionals. The MPA program is a 41 hour program that consists of courses that form a public management core (15 hours), research methods sequence (6 hours), a socialization sequence (2 hours), and electives (18 hours). Students not currently working in the public or nonprofit sector are required to complete a 300 hour internship. The UGA MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). To accommodate working professionals, courses are offered in the evenings at UGA’s main campus in Athens and at the University of Georgia at Gwinnett in suburban Atlanta.

Locations Offered:


College / School:

School of Public & International Affairs

Candler Hall
202 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602



Public Administration and Policy

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