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Department of Political Science

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Mission:  The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at Kansas State University prepares both mid and pre-career students to serve the public interest and establish themselves as civic leaders. The program emphasizes a theoretically informed and research driven skills based approach to learning designed to insure that our students develop specific competencies which prepare them for the challenges of work in the public and non-profit sectors immediately upon graduation.  Our faculty’s approach to education begins with a broad exposure to policy systems, political environments, administrative principals and research methods.  Additionally, our students are required to think critically, apply knowledge and seek practical solutions to real world problems. Our low faculty to student ratio contributes to a student-centered learning environment in which we are able to instill in our students the ethics of public service and professional management that are critical to the diverse and changing modern workplace.

 Dr. Jim Franke
Dr. Jim Franke
Director of Graduate Studies

The MPA degree program is a flexible professional degree designed for those who wish to hold administrative positions in a wide range of administrative environments in the public sector.  Graduates are trained for employment with government agencies at the federal, state, or local level, and with regional or sub-state organizations. Opportunities are also available for graduates of the program with nonprofit organizations, public interest groups or commissions, private corporations that work with government agencies, and international organizations. 

The MPA program serves both pre and mid-career students.  Pre-career students without prior administrative experience have enjoyed great success in obtaining both valuable internships while pursuing their degree, and challenging employment upon graduation.  For in-service students the program has been valuable in their present administrative positions as well as in career advancement. 

It is especially attractive to mid-career students by virtue of our on line and evening offerings.  Through careful scheduling, all of our core courses and many of our elective courses may be completed in the evening or on line.

The K-State MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).