Master of Public Administration

Brewer Hall

Master of Public Administration at JSU: Promoting Excellence in Public Service

The mission of Jacksonville State University’s MPA Program is to provide a diverse student population with the knowledge and core competencies to become effective public administrators. Through the use of a standardized public administration curriculum and interdisciplinary cooperation, our program is able to prepare students for leadership roles in a variety of public and non-profit organizations. Utilizing traditional classroom and online formats, our program is able to provide quality graduate education that promotes the values and ideals of public service to all students.

The MPA degree at JSU prepares you to start a career or career advancement in the public and non-profit sector. You can choose from 4 concentration areas to ensure that your career is the focus of this degree. You will be prepared in the foundational aspects of public administration and learn the skills needed to become a leader in your chosen career field.

Top Three Reasons to Choose JSU for your MPA degree:

  1. NASPAA Accreditation -  The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) ensures the quality of our program.  Our program meets the same accreditation standards as many larger schools, but with more student-teacher interaction.  Our low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that you will get the highest quality courses taught by qualified area subject experts in a much more conducive environment.
  2. Choice of Concentrations -  The MPA degree at JSU offers you 4 different concentration areas.  This allows you to focus your career to what you want to do in the public sector.  We offer concentrations in Administrative Management, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management and Political Science.  
  3. Convenient Course Offerings -  Whether you are wanting to take classes on campus or online, our program can meet your needs.  No matter how you choose to take your classes, the quality of instruction meets NASPAA standards.  We understand that many students have fulltime careers already and want the MPA to advance in their career.  We offer on-campus courses, hybrid courses (partially on campus and partially online) and 100% online courses.