The off-campus Master of Public Administration degree at App State

The Master of Public Administration program at Appalachian State University provides the professional management tools and technical expertise needed to advance your public service career.

Gain presentation, administrative and communication skills, build networks across government and nonprofit organizations and make a bigger impact in your community.

Accredited by Network of School of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the Master of Public Administration program is ideally suited for mid-career professionals looking to take their next step. Join the more than 400 alumni of the MPA program throughout the region.

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  • Manager of a town, city or county government
  • Executive director of a non-profit organization
  • Department, division or agency director
  • Human resources specialist

Degree details

Program information

  • Courses are face-to-face with evening meeting times
  • Completion time: 2.5 years
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(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

Note: In addition, the program faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: If your undergraduate GPA is greater than 3.0 and/or your GRE/GMAT Verbal score is in the 25th percentile and GRE/GMAT Quantitative score is in 25th percentile.

Admissions exam:

GRE or GMAT scores are required for entry into this program unless the applicant has:

  • An GPA of 3.4 or better; or
  • Five or more years of relevant work experience in a government or nonprofit agency; or
  • Completed 9 credit hours of graduate coursework at Appalachian State University or other accredited institution, with a grade of “B” or better, within the last 5 years

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts must be submitted showing any completed degrees and transcripts showing any coursework completed at institutions other than Appalachian in the last five years
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Two-to-three page, double spaced personal statement on what has prompted your interest in obtaining an MPA degree and what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian. Also include your professional plans or ambitions once you have completed your degree.

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Hear from an Alumnus

Ken Millett

“Perhaps the most important thing about the MPA program at Appalachian State is that it’s grounded in practicality, not just theory. The professors I was fortunate enough to have understand the realities of the public sector workplace. As a result I’ve been able to directly translate what I learned from the MPA program into fulfilling my current job roles and responsibilities, as well as building on the foundation for professional growth. I also enjoyed the interactive nature the classes. Students learned from each other as well as from the professors.”

– Ken Millett