Program Overview

The Master of Public Administration offered by Valdosta State University is designed to accommodate students already employed in the public sector and students seeking entry-level positions. The program is also devised with the intent of complementing any baccalaureate degree program. This degree prepares students for productive careers in public service. Upon successful completion of the program, students can expect to develop a solid perspective on the ethical factors surrounding program managers and administrators in public or not-for-profit agencies. Students can also anticipate gaining the comprehension of technical skills, information management systems, and communication skills that are needed to succeed in a public or not-for-profit organization.

The 36-hour program consists of 24 hours of core credits and 12 in the student’s selected concentration. Available concentration areas are Public Policy, Public Sector Management, and Human Resource Management. Both the Public Policy and Public Sector Management concentrations are available completely online, but the Human Resource Management concentration is offered at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA in five-week concentrated sessions. The PP and PSM concentrations require current or previous employment (including military) in a government or non-governmental public organization. Private sector experience with interest in public or non-governmental sectors may also be considered.

The Master of Public Administration degree is the “industry standard” for careers in public and non-profit settings. The coursework at Valdosta State University’s MPA aspires to improve critical thinking skills, strengthen student’s knowledge base of the industry and its workings, and advance their understanding of policy implementation. Courses taken aim to prepare students for their future careers by covering a broad range of areas - political, social, legal, financial, and management - as they apply to Public Administration. Application deadline is July 15 for Fall admission, November 15 for Spring, and April 15 for Summer.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges



    A minimum GMAT score of 450 OR a combined score of 400 or more on the verbal and 400 or more on either the quantitative or analytical section of the General Test of the GRE OR a student can present a score of a 375 on the Miller Analogies Test.


    VSU is not authorized to deliver online programs to residents of Florida and Alabama. They are currently working to secure authorization. Residents of other states should check with the office of admission to verify their authorization.

    School Overview

    Valdosta State University, founded in 1906, is a public institution located on an urban campus in Valdosta, Georgia. Valdosta State is one of two regional institutions that exist in the University System of Georgia. Throughout its history, Valdosta State University has been known as South Georgia State Normal College, Georgia State Woman’s College, Valdosta State College, and the institution got its current name in 1993.

    The academic unit of Valdosta State consists of colleges that offer associate's, bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates and doctorate degrees, including

    • College of Arts
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Nursing
    • Langdale College of Business Administration
    • Jams L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education

    Valdosta State offers programs through distance learning and at off-campus locations to reach students that are not able to attend traditional on campus classes.


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