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Department of Political Science

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration degree program at Kansas State University 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 non-profit organizations, public interest groups or commissions, private corporations that work with government agencies, and international organizations.

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

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

The M.P.A. program serves both pre-service and in-service students. Pre-service 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.

In order to provide students with experiences which will prepare them for the wide range of career options mentioned above, the M.P.A. curriculum is designed as both flexible and interdisciplinary.

It is especially attractive to in-service 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.