M.P.A. Director: Joseph Ohren, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator: Don Koyluoglu, Ph.D.
601N Pray Harrold
The mission of the M.P.A. program is to prepare students for to prepare students for leadership roles and careers in public and nonprofit organizations. In pursuing this mission, the M.P.A. program will (1) offer a professional, terminal degree grounded in political science; (2) combine a foundation in general public administration with the specialized knowledge and skills associated with one of the program’s concentrations with focused attention to the needs of professionals in local government and nonprofit agencies; and (3) serve the community by expanding and applying knowledge and providing leadership in addressing public service needs.
The M.P.A. program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. This accreditation indicates that EMU’s M.P.A. program meets all national standards for such programs.
The department offers special opportunities to M.P.A. students by its involvement and leadership roles in EMU’s applied research institutes, the American Humanics program on campus, the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) and other professional associations.
Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to M.P.A. students. Graduate assistants support faculty members in instructional, research, service and administrative projects. Placements are also available outside the department with other University offices.
- Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program;
- Submit a 250-word description of their academic and professional history and their professional goals in public administration;
- Have a personal interview with the program director, which is strongly recommended as a part of the admission process;
- Have taken one political science course in the fundamentals of American government, public law, state and local government or public administration;
- Have earned a C or better if the preparatory course was part of a bachelor’s degree; a B- or better if taken after the bachelor’s degree;
- Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is not required; and
- Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 77 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Students with scores below the minimum must take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at EMU to raise their English proficiency to a satisfactory level before beginning courses in the M.P.A. program. These students may be admitted on a conditional basis, subject to successful completion of the ESL requirements. See Admissions web site at www.emich.edu/admissions for minimum scores.Conditional Admission If applicants are deficient in the above prerequisites, they may be granted admission on a conditional basis, with degree admission subject to completion of the missing prerequisite(s).
If applicants are deficient in the above prerequisites, they may be granted admission on a conditional basis, with degree admission subject to completion of the missing prerequisite(s).
In lieu of the above prerequisite course, documentaion of acquired proficiency and/or appropriate experience may be accepted at the discretion of the M.P.A. director.
Promising applicants who do not meet the GPA requirements for regular degree admission, and who have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.75, may be granted conditional admission. Such applicants must arrange for an admissions interview with the program director and submit two letters of recommendation from employers or others who can testify to the applicant’s suitability for the program. Applicants may be granted degree admission after completing at least 10 graduate hours approved by the program director, with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course.
The MPA degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 17 courses with at least 40 hours of appropriate credit. This includes 9 required courses, four electives in political science, and a four course concentration. All pre-service students without substantial work experience in public administration must complete a 15-week equivalent internship experience and enroll in PLSC 688 Practicum in Public Affairs. The director of internships in the Department of Political Science will work with students to identify and supervise an appropriate internship.
The minimum acceptable grade in each of the nine required courses is a B. Students scoring less than a B may repeat a course once before being dismissed from the program. All students must have a B average overall to graduate.