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.

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 and/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.

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