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There is an increasing need for leaders in the public sector as approximately 550,000 federal employees prepare for retirement. This transition is energizing the already strong demand for trained public administration professionals in the nonprofit and nongovernmental sectors.

Typical jobs for the MPA (Master of Public Administration) graduate include:
  • accountant/auditor
  • attorney
  • criminal justice administrator
  • financial aid officer
  • health care/hospital administrator
  • political campaign worker

    Degree in Public Administration : Top Colleges, Admission processes, Costs

    Maxwell at Syracuse University
    Harvard Kennedy School
    Indiana University (Bloomington)
    Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs
    University of Georgia (Department of Public Administration and Policy)
    University of California at Berkeley
    Kansas University
    University of Michigan Ford School
    University of Southern California (USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development)
    Carnegie Mellon University (Heinz)
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    New York University (NYU)
    American University (School of Public Affairs)
    Georgetown University
    University of Texas
    Arizona State University
    University of North Carolina

    UNC-Chapel Hill : Admission Requirements

    Requirements for Admission Because of the large number of applicants each year and the MPA program's small size, admission is selective. The requirements for admission are as follows: 1.Bachelor's degree
    2.At least a B average in the undergraduate major and a generally strong academic record
    3.Minimum of three semester hours credit in American government and politics
    4.Excellent verbal and quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE should be taken by October to ensure that your scores will be available)
    5.Successful interview with an admissions committee composed of faculty, student, and alumni representatives.
    Arizona State University :
    Regular admission may be granted to applicants who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better in the last two years of work leading to a bachelor's degree as well as acceptable GRE verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores.
  • International students must submit a TOEFL score. The minimum TOEFL score for regular admission is 550.
  • Students requesting scholarships or assistantships should have their application files completed by February 1.