Program in Public Administration College of Arts and Sciences Kent State University

Program in Public Administration College of Arts and Sciences Kent State University

Kent, OH
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
July 12
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Introduction to the School -- Kent State Online

Students can earn degrees anytime, anywhere with Kent State University's online graduate degrees and certificate programs offered by the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

Kent State University believes in creating every online program with a forward-thinking mindset that helps its students solve the problems of tomorrow, not just those of today. The quality online graduate education degree programs offer an alternative to campus-based programs. They allow students more flexibility in both time and space. All KSU online graduate education degree programs are accredited by a national accrediting body and provide a high level of excellence in teaching and learning experiences.

Students can learn more about Kent State Online at the link.

Program Overview -- Master of Public Administration

The online Master of Public Administration degree program at Kent State University provides the knowledge and skills students need to advance their careers in the public sector. Using experiential learning techniques that help students to apply what they learn in real time, this program positions students for senior management positions in local, state and regional governments, as well as in nonprofit organizations.

M.P.A. Degree Program Mission Statement

Kent State University's M.P.A. degree program seeks to enhance the quality of public sector and non-profit management by teaching ethical leadership and theoretical understandings of administration; enhancing knowledge, analytical skills and technical abilities; and emphasizing experiential learning opportunities to apply theory and skills. Toward that end, the program provides professional-level graduate education to pre- and in-service students through a high quality online format.

Program Details

Kent State's online M.P.A. degree program is nationally accredited by NASPAA and is one of only a select number of online M.P.A. degree programs in the United States fully accredited by NASPAA. The program is designed for busy working professionals, with the following features:

- The program is 36 credits in length, consisting of 12 three-credit courses.

- Each course is 7 weeks in length, with 2 courses taken sequentially each semester. This allows students to focus on 1 course at a time while still completing the program in 2 years.

- To keep class sizes small and maximize collaboration, multiple sections of each course are offered.

- The program consists of 8 required core courses (24 credits), 3 elective courses (9 credits), and a final capstone project (3 credits).

- For those not employed full-time in the public or non profit sector, a formal field placement internship (3 credit hours) will be added to the 36 credit hours of coursework.

- Once students are admitted to the program, their student counselors will craft their personalized degree plans, giving them clear course sequences and paths to graduation.


Courses are delivered through the course management system, Blackboard Learn. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups and other learning enhancements. To participate in this online program, students will need computers and broadband Internet connections. Their programs may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If students have questions regarding technology requirements for the program, they should contact the student counselors at or toll-free at 844.497.3239.

Accelerated M.P.A. Degree Program Option for Current Kent State University Undergraduates

What Students Will Learn

The online M.P.A. degree program from Kent State builds critical, graduate-level knowledge and skills in areas including:

- Public budgeting and financial management

- Strategic planning

- Information technology in a public service setting

- Non profit organization law and financial characteristics

- Ethics in public service

The program integrates experiential learning activities with students' coursework, including conducting interviews, attending fundraisers, and producing an actionable strategic plan as a program culmination project.

Students can learn more about the online Master in Public Administration degree program at the link.


At Kent State University, the faculty members do more than teach. They share, provoke, collaborate and participate. They inspire learning, turning students into independent thinkers -- and, more importantly, into doers. The faculty members help students put excellence into action in everything they do.

Kent State University's Public Administration faculty members are devoted advocates for their students and for the field of public service. They collectively bring an extensive history of academic research combined with significant in-field work experience, allowing the M.P.A. degree program to balance academic rigor with a practitioner focus.

The faculty members define themselves by the following core values:

- Public service requires personal honesty and transparency

- Public interest always comes first

- Citizen participation in decision-making is essential

- Technical competence in analysis and implementation is key

- Expanding access to public service education and research is crucial

Interested students can meet the Kent State faculty members at the link.

Why Kent State

When enrolled online, students have the opportunity to learn alongside a global network of peers and to be taught by industry-leading faculty members. The 1500-plus full and part time faculty members at Kent State have degrees from over 150 national and international institutions. They hail from 6 different continents and more than 70% have attained the highest degrees in their fields.

Students can learn more about Kent State here.

Location & Contact

Program in Public Administration

College of Arts and Sciences
Kent State University

PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
United States

Dr. Joseph Drew

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Public Administration Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


38% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 50
    • Accepted 19
    • Acceptance Rate 38
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $30
    • Application Fee - International $30
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 12th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 29th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • Tuition *
    • Student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students30
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students30
    • Part-time Percentage77%
    • Full-time Percentage23%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American10%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty7
    • Full-time Percentage57%
    • Part-time Percentage43%
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%



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