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Take the next step in service with your Master of Public Administration.  

Master Public Policy Communications

A great leader has to know how to share information and ideas effectively. Learn how to best organize your thoughts in writing and for presentations.

Sharpen Problem-Solving Skills

In your career, you'll be faced with tough choices. Develop the skills to make ethical and strategic decisions for an evolving world.

Choose Your Track

You have options when it comes to completing your program. Write a thesis or participate in an internship.

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The numbers tell the story…

classes online

92% employed or in grad school 

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  • Study both nonprofit and local government
  • Learning opportunity through internship
  • Faculty mentors with business experience
  • No prerequisites
  • Courses reviewed with Quality Matters

We let our graduates do the talking...

"I am learning about being a government employee and how to manage and work in a non-profit organization. I get excited when I think of the policies that need to be fixed to help more people and how I can change them with my education and experience."Amanda Rogers '18, Master of Public Administration

Our Alumni Go Places.

Charitable Organization Directors, Disaster Relief Effort Leaders, Grant Program Managers, Heads of Chambers of Commerce

Below are just a few examples of the companies who hire graduates from the College of Humanities and Social Science at Southeast Missouri State.

  • Ameren
  • Ameri-Corp
  • Boeing
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Fastenal
  • Guin, Mundorf LLC
  • Maritz
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens
  • Missouri Court of Appeals
  • Missouri History Museum
  • Missouri House of Representatives
  • Missouri Recovery Network
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Nestle Purina
  • Redwood Logistics
  • Sherwin Williams
  • State of Missouri
  • St. Louis Art Museum
  • The Center for Youth and Family
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Department of Forestry
  • United States Department of State
  • United States Peace Corps
  • United States Secret Service

The Master of Public Administration is ideal for students interested in an active role in public service or nonprofit administration.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 point scale
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • *GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores are not required for admission, but may be submitted to strengthen application

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  • PS505: Organization Theory and Behavior- Study topics like leadership, culture, job satisfaction, and motivation.
  • PS603: Examine the history, concepts, research and operation of government personnel practices, procedures, and issues.
  • PS615: Learn how to prepare and authorize the expenditure of the federal budget.

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  • Dr. Jeremy Walling earned his doctorate degree at the University of Kansas. He has completed internships and consulting jobs for the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Springfield/Green County (Missouri) Health Department, among others. His recent research has examined the careers of American state governors. Dr. Walling has published chapters in The Constitutionalism of American States and The Handbook of Administrative Ethics.

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