Masters in Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program creates talented, rigorously trained professionals that are equipped to address real world problems in the public and nonprofit sectors. The program prepares students for their career through a combination of coursework, research, and experiential learning via public service and client-based projects.
The BGSU MPA program is proud to announce that it is accredited by
the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
(NASPAA). NASPAA accreditation recognizes that our MPA program has
undertaken a rigorous process of peer review conducted by the
Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) and have
successfully met the NASPAA Accreditation Standards.
Students in the program gain hands-on experience working on projects
for local clients. Recent projects have included creating an oil spill
response plan for a wildlife rehabilitation center and a revenue study
for the local airport. The unique blend of theory and practice ensures
that students are qualified for the real world challenges of public
MPA faculty members are renowned not just for their teaching but also for their research. The faculty has won awards for the quality of its academic publications and is frequently contacted by national media to provide their expertise on policy and politics.
Program graduates work at all levels of government, at international organizations, in academia and in the private sector. The MPA Student Association provides students with professional and social opportunities for their future careers.
The MPA degree can be completed full-time in 1.5-2 years. Part-time students are welcome, and classes are available in the evenings. All majors are welcome to apply, and there are no pre-requisites.
For more information please contact the MPA Coordinator:
Dr. Shannon K. Orr
MPA Program Faculty
MPA Students Association (MPASA)
MPASA organizes professional workshops and social events for all MPA students. Recent events have included: a grant writing workshop, a lunchtime research presentation series, a trip to Columbus to meet with the Governor and regular social gatherings.