Masters of Public Administration

The Masters of Public Administration Program is a professional degree program that integrates theory and real world practice of public administration to prepare you for work in the public or nonprofit sectors.  Students enter the program from a wide variety of undergraduate majors and backgrounds.  we welcome potential students of all ages and backgrounds to apply--many of our current students are working professionals themselves.

This highly marketable degree produces leaders who have the skills and passion to become effective administrators in the public sector.  Despite the economy's ups and downs, demand remains high for skilled and trained public administration professionals.  Urban Planning was even names a "Hot Job for the 21st Century" by the US Department of Labor.  Let our education strengthen your future.


The Public Administration program at ETSU offers a core of classes and distinct concentration areas:

  • Planning and Development
  • Public Financial Management
  • City Management
  • Non-Profit Administration

Full-time students usually complete their 36 semester hours for the MPA program in 18-24 months.

Program Requirements

Students applying to the MPA program must meet both the requirements for admission to the university as a graduate student and the admission criteria for the program.  Students must submit transcripts of all academic work previously completed, scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and three letters of recommendation.

Core Course Requirements
PMGT 5100  Introduction to Public Administration
PMGT 5120  Public Personnel Management
PMGT 5140  Public Organization Theory
PMGT 5160  Public Budgeting and Finance
PMGT 5180  Public Policy Analysis
URBS 5637  Local and Regional Planning

Capstone Course Requirement
PMGT 5840  Public Management Report and one of the following:

PMGT 5800  Public Management Internship
PMGT 5820  Public Management Consultantship