Public Administration (M.P.A.)

For more than 40 years, the University of Dayton has prepared leaders for the nonprofit and public sectors. Our 39-hour master's degree program emphasizes a core of public management skills, teaching you through leading theory and practical application.

As an affiliate of the University of Dayton's Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, we offer you the opportunity to branch out and make contacts in the community while making a difference. If you're not currently working in the public or private sectors, you will have the opportunity to participate in our internship program.

To accommodate your schedule, our classes are typically offered one evening a week, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit the M.P.A. website

Admission Requirements

Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A résumé.
  4. Official GRE test scores.
  5. A career trajectory statement addressing why you would be a good candidate for this program, what has led you to pursue a master's degree in public administration, your career aspirations and how this degree will help you reach them.
  6. An academic paper or work product/report demonstrating your writing abilities.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I begin the program?
Students pursuing a Master in Public Administration degree may begin course work in any semester, but incoming students are strongly encouraged to begin in the fall semester.

When do classes meet?
The M.P.A. program has classes in the evening Monday through Thursday. Classes meet once a week from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Summer session classes meet twice a week from 6 to 9:15 p.m. for six weeks.

How long will it take me to complete the program?
Most students work full time and are part-time students, taking one or two classes a semester. Part-time students generally complete the program in two and a half years.

Is financial aid available?
There are two graduate assistantships for the program. These are offered on a competitive basis and are renewable each year, meaning that each assistantship may not be available each fall term. Other financial aid may be available through the University's Office of Financial Aid.


Grant Neeley, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director

Graduate Program in Public Administration Website >>