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 administration.
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 download our MPA brochure and be sure to contact the MPA Coordinator:
Dr. Shannon K. Orr
MPA Program Faculty
Professor Greg Walterhouse
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.