Public Administration M.P.A.

The MPA degree is the professional degree for those seeking a public service career. The Georgia College MPA program develops the skills used by managers to implement policies, projects and programs. MPA program alumni work in all levels of government, in nonprofit organizations delivering services in health care, youth and human services, in housing and community development, in international development and in public service-related private businesses. According to our Alumni Survey (2015), our MPA graduates work in federal (20%), State (40%) and City, County, or other Local (13%) governments. But they also can be found in nonprofit (7%) and in the private sector.

Georgia College Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Georgia College has been selected as one of Best Colleges Best Online Master's in Public Administration Programs" for 2018. Read more here

 

Georgia College has been ranked as having the 7th most affordable online MPA program in a 2019 ranking by OnlineU.org Read more  here.
AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO), a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings has recognized Georgia College for offering one of the best online public administration programs in the country.  

 

 

Program Mission
The online Master of Public Administration program prepares students to ethically and competently serve, manage, and lead in the diverse public sector through teaching, research, and service to the discipline and broader community. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in the public sector, promote diversity of the study body and faculty and cultivate faculty committed to teaching, scholarship and service.

Program Goals
To accomplish our mission, we seek to:

Prepare students for careers in the public sector
Promote the diversity of the student body and faculty
Cultivate faculty committed to teaching, scholarship, and service

Public Service Values
We seek to:

Pursue the public interest with accountability and transparency
Serve professionally with competence, efficiency, and objectivity
Act ethically
Demonstrate respect, equity, and fairness

Curriculum
​The 36-credit MPA program is offered in a convenient online format designed for the busy working professional. The program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study. The Georgia College's MPA program has received national acclaim for its design and content. The program is accredited with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Degree Requirements

Tuition and fees.

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Roger Coate, Ph.D.

  • Paul D. Coverdell Endowed Chair of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
  • The Ohio State University
  • Non-Profit Management, International Administration


Henry Edmondson, Ph.D. 

  • Carl Vinson Endowed Chair of Political Science and Public Administration
  • University of Georgia
  • Ethics, Administrative Law


Brandy Kennedy, Ph.D. 

  • Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Public Finance & Budgeting, Personnel Management


Min Kim, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Public Administration & Program Coordinator & Department Interim Chair
  • Arizona State University
  • Public Financial Management, Quantitative Research Methods
Keith Lee, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
  • University of Florida
  • Policy Analysis, Quantitative Methods


Clifton Wilkinson, ABD
  • Senior Lecturer of Political Science & Public Administration & Internship Coordinator
  • MPA, Georgia College
  • Public Policy, State and Local Government

Brett Cook
City Manager
Darien, Georgia  

Adam Edge 
Downtown and Business Development Manager 
Suwanee, Georgia

Michelle Elliot
Archway Professional
Pulaski County 

Johnny Grant
Director of Community Engagement and Economic Development  
Georgia College

Gary Sanders
City Administrator
Eatonton, Georgia

Graduation Rates

 

Job Placement

 

Georgia ASPA Chapter Academic Conference and Annual Meeting
On Friday February 23rd, 2018, Georgia College hosted the The 20th Annual Georgia ASPA Chapter Academic Conference and Annual Meeting. The event was a great success with 9 panels and guest speakers Brett Cook, Harlem City Manager, and Laura Mathis, Executive Director, Middle Georgia Regional Commission.

 

 

Transportation Planner with the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission.
Primary responsibility is to provide staff support for the Calhoun Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the East Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO). Also may include work elements of the regional and local planning and development programs, preparing grant applications, grant management, and related activities. More information and details of how to apply can be found here.

Georgia County Internship Program
The Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) offers first-hand internship experiences to undergraduate and graduate level college students and recent graduates in county government. For the 2018 Summer Program, GCIP has 40 paid internship opportunities in 31 counties. From planning and zoning and GIS projects to communications, health, and finance positions, there are numerous options for MPA students to enhance the skills they have learned in college while gaining new skills through experiential learning. 

All of the available positions are posted through the ACCG Civic Affairs website at https://www.accg.org/caf_interns.php#. 

Sallie Mae $20,000 Graduate School Scholarship
This scholarship is offered by Sallie Mae which for years have been a leader in the student loan industry (both on the private side as well as the multiple federal programs as well). In addition, they have led the industry in professional development training and in student information. Any degree specializations are welcome. To enter, applicants need to complete two questions about their road to graduate school - creativity counts! Four prospective or current graduate students will each be awarded a $20,000 scholarship for sharing their stories about what led them to graduate school.

More information can be found here.
Entry closes 2/14/2018.

Stacey Evans for Governor Internships
​The Stacey Evans for Governor team recently began offering full-time and part-time internships to college and high school students across the state. An internship/ fellowship at Stacey Evans for Governor is a great way to gain valuable experience and build deep connections within Georgia politics. Internship/ fellowship opportunities are available all across the state. Interns will have opportunities to work in communications, design, graphics, social media, photography/ videography, finance, data, and field.

The application form can be found here:
goo.gl/DRXRew
Upon completion of the application, someone from the campaign will reach out to schedule an in-person or phone interview.

Association County Commissioners of Georgia Paid Internship Opportunity
ACCG is recruiting students for their 2018 summer internship program. They will be hosting two students over the course of the summer and are interested in Georgia College MPA and Political Science students. 

More details can be found here.

To apply, students should submit a resume, the names and contact information for three professional and academic references (at least one of both), and a writing sample by March 2, 2018.
 

2018 GovStrive Paid Internship Program
GovStrive, a Georgia-based small business is currently recruiting for the Spring/Summer 2018 intern class. GovStrive provides a variety of Federal Human Resources (HR) consulting and advisory services including but not limited to Change Management (e.g., Training, Communications), Project, Program and Portfolio Management, HR Dashboards, Analytics and Reporting, HR Business Process Reengineering, and HR Technology Implementation and Deployment support.

More details can be found here.

To apply, students should submit resumes to careers@govstrive.com by January 16, 2018

Three Rivers Regional Commission Planner Position
Three Rivers Regional Commission located in Griffin, GA, has a planner position opening.

The requirements for the position are the following;
Planner should, at a minimum, have a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Geography or related field from an accredited college or university and zero to five years related experience and/or training.

A Master's Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy or Urban Planning is preferred. Grant Writing experience a plus.

More details about the job and information about applying can be found in  this pdf

Contact Hope Blakely on 678-692-0510 or at hking@threeriversrc.com

 

Program Contact Information

MPA Coordinator

Min Kim, Ph.D.
Campus Box 18 | 2-03 Arts & Sciences
Georgia College
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-0938
min.kim@gcsu.edu

MPA Program Assistant

Aleksandra Rudkevich
Campus Box 18 | 2-03 Arts & Sciences
Georgia College
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-0938
aleksandra.rudkevich@gcsu.edu

 

 

Department of Government and Sociology
Arts and Sciences room 2-03  |  Campus Box 18
​Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4562
Fax: (478) 445-5273