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Public Administration, MPA

The Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Public Administration (MPA), a professional degree designed to prepare persons for management careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. 

Delivery Method


Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School application and $40 fee

  • Submission of all postsecondary academic transcripts

  • Successful completion of a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment

  • Unconditional admission to the program requires an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or a GPA of 3.0 for the last two years.

Transfer Policy

The Graduate School accepts as transfer credit a maximum of one-third of the total number of hours required for a graduate degree or a certificate program. Some programs may have more restrictive policies limiting transfer credit to less than one-third of the total hours required in their programs; in such cases, the Graduate School conforms to program limitations. Credit can be added to a graduate student's official record only upon approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Special Characteristics

Historically, graduates of SIUE’s MPA program have been very competitive in the job market. Many benefit from the department’s strong network with employers in Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area. A number of SIUE graduates have become city managers, department heads in the public sector and administrators in the nonprofit sector. MPA alumni are also employed in a number of state and federal agencies, including the Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Department of Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice.