Program Description

The Masters of Public Administration program is ideal for students interested in a role of public service. All students take 21 hours of Master of Public Administration and an additional 12 hours of electives. Additionally, candidates must complete either an internship or thesis. All coursework may be completed via website instruction or with face-to-face instruction at Southeast Missouri State University's campus. 

A maximum of 9 graduate credit hours may be transferred if approved by the major advisor. The student's advisor will determine application of transfer credit hours to core course or elective courses. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Student must hold a baccalaureate degree from any regionally accredited college or university (or international equivalent).
  • Student must have attained an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
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  • Student must submit a word processed two-to-five page statement outlining professional goals and two letters of evaluation that address the student’s potential for a career in public service.
  • The application materials must demonstrate the student’s commitment to a career in governmental or nonprofit organizations. 
  • GRE, LSAT or GMAT scores are not required, but may be submitted to strengthen application.
  • A student may be admitted on a case-by-case provisional basis. A student admitted provisionally may apply for regular status after 9 hours with a grade of B or better.
  • An English language examination is required for applicants who have completed their undergraduate education outside of the United States; a minimum TOEFL score of 600 is necessary for admission.
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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Assistant Director of Public Works
  • Environmental Manager
  • Principal Human Resources Analyst
  • Public Safety Program Representative 


Costs at Southeast