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College: Arts and Sciences
Department: School of Public Affairs
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
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The Public Administration major offers a multi-disciplinary course of study leading to a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree. This degree is designed primarily to prepare students for successful leadership roles and management careers in the public (i.e., governmental and quasi-governmental organizations), non-profit, and private sectors. Students enrolled in the M.P.A. program pursue careers in local, state, or federal agencies of government, non-profit organizations, and special service districts. Those employed in public management positions may wish to pursue an M.P.A. degree in order to broaden their educational backgrounds to prepare for increased job responsibilities, or to change career paths.
The Public Administration major also offers courses of study leading to a Graduate Certificate in Public Management or a Graduate Certificate in Management of Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organizations. These options are designed for individuals who wish to acquire knowledge of public and non-profit management theory and practices, but who do not find it necessary or feasible to pursue the M.P.A. degree.
Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
Admission decisions to the M.P.A. degree program are based on an overall assessment of the applicant’s potential for successfully completing the M.P.A. degree. General admission criteria include scores obtained on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and performance as an undergraduate. Specific criteria includes:
- Two letters of recommendation minimum, one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and potential, and the other from a work supervisor or manager.
- Personal statement detailing the applicant’s career goals and aspirations, including ways in which the applicant believes the M.P.A. degree can help to facilitate the stated goals.
- Resume or curiculum vitae showing work experience.
- Approval by the M.P.A. Admissions Committee and, if deemed necessary, an admissions interview.
- GRE is required with preferred scores of V 153 (60%), Q 146 (25%), and AW 4.0 (59%). At the discretion of the M.P.A. Director, the GRE may be waived under one of the following conditions:
- Applicant already possesses a graduate degree from an accredited university;
- Applicant has a 3.25, or higher, overall undergraduate GPA;
- Applicant has five years or more of practical, professional experience at a senior level documentation of experience required through letters of recommendation from senior management; or
- Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Management or Graduate Certificate in Management of Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Organizations with a GPA of 3.50 or higher.