Public Administration (Public Policy Studies) | Master of Public Administration Degree
Advances in technology, complex social issues, and the changes in public demands create the need for highly skilled and creative administrators in the public and private sectors.
The Department of Public Policy Studies at Saint Louis University is committed to excellence in education and research to address these challenges.
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|Fall: July 1 (International: May 1)||Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; *GRE G or GMAT or LSAT scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Interview (desired)
*-If you are applying to the Masters in Social Work (MSW)-MPA dual degree program, you are not required to take the GRE.
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|Spring: Nov. 1 (International: Oct. 1)|
|Summer: No admittance|
Tel. No.: 314.977.7108
|Chair: Robert Cropf, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Peggy Gathard
Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
- An above-average GPA
- A review of GRE or GMAT or LSAT scores
- A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)
Public Policy Studies Application Review Process: Applications are reviewed by committee of Public Policy Studies Dept. faculty members
Credit Hours/Coursework: The 36 to 39 hour program requires 18 credit hours of course work, i.e. administrative law, economics, issues in public administration, organization behavior, public budgeting, research methods. It also requires 18 credit hours of electives and a three-hour internship for those with limited professional experience. | Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree
Program Description: This program is designed for mid-career public sector professionals and pre-service students interested in preparing themselves for careers in the public or nonprofit sectors at the national, state and local levels. The program's primary objective is to provide its graduates with proficiency in management principles and techniques, research and evaluation skills, and the identification and analysis of individual and institutional values as they relate to social, economic and political behavior. | Public Policy Studies Programs Offered
Careers Possibilities: Graduates of our programs work in a variety of settings in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. Many alumni are employed by municipalities in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Others have worked for the St. Louis Community Development Agency, Regional Justice Information Service, U.S. Small Business Administration, investment companies, private developers and planning firms, foundations, community organizations and in the health care arena. Additionally, the Department's roots in the St. Louis region provide a network of alumni to assist students with internships and career development. | Public Policy Studies: Career Outreach | Career Services
Curriculum & Program Details: The Master of Arts in Public Administration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NAASPA) and designed for those seeking to serve in public, private, and not for profit agencies. | Public Policy Studies
About the Public Policy Studies -- Core Faculty: Faculty in the Department of Public Policy Studies are outstanding teachers, nationally recognized researchers and dedicated practitioners. Our faculty members hold degrees in economics, policy analysis, political science, public administration, sociology, and urban planning. In addition to our core faculty, we have faculty members from the Schools of Business, Law, Public Health, Social Service, and from the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. | Public Policy Studies Faculty
Scholarships & Financial Aid: Graduate students may be eligible for departmental tuition remission grants or fellowships and research assistantships with tuition remission and stipends. Intra-university research and administrative grants are also available. These provide both tuition remission and a stipend and are available through the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department of Public Policy Studies. Those interested in pursuing such grants should apply through the Department of Public Policy Studies. | Financial Aid Information | Student Financial Services at SLU
Program Highlights: There are many opportunities for students to be engaged in community-based projects due to the department's wide-ranging affiliations. Students and faculty also have many opportunities to interact and exchange ideas through the department's student planning organization, annual one-day retreat, and research colloquia with presentations by scholars from Saint Louis University and beyond. Also, department faculty and students have been involved in over $9 million of funded research including projects for the United States Department of Labor, the United States Department of Education, the Brookings Institute, and a variety of regional, state, and local public and private entities. | Public Policy Studies Resources | Geographic Informations Systems Laboratory