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Master of Public Policy and Administration

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Mike Potter
Associate Professor

Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Phone: (662) 325-2711
Email: mp2146@msstate.edu

MPPA Program Overview


The Department of Political Science and Public Administration offers the Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) degree in both a traditional and an intensive-semester format. The degree program has a favorable faculty-to-student ratio that permits students to have close contact with faculty. The 8 member program faculty maintains a broad research agenda, and several faculty possess governmental service experience.

We enroll approximately 35-50 students from all regions of Mississippi as well as from many other states. The MPPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). As our Mission states, the Master of Public Policy and Administration program strives to professionalize and diversify state and local government in Mississippi and the region. The program prepares persons to serve effectively as public administrators at the national, state and local levels of government.

After completing the NASPAA accredited MPPA program at Mississippi State University students will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

MPPA Admissions

Admission Criteria

A competitive applicant of the MPPA program must have completed the last two years of undergraduate work with a grade point average of 3.00. Applicants with previous graduate work must have a grade point average of 3.00 on such course work. Moreover, the applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, a Statement of Purpose, and the results of either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). An applicant with a lower grade point average may be admitted if she or he has a competitive score on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing portions of the GRE.

An international applicant whose native language is not English must have a score of 600 PBT (243 CBT or 96 iBT) or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 7.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An international applicant whose native language is not English and who holds a degree from a college or university in the United States must submit a TOEFL score of at least 600 PBT (or equivalent) if the verbal Graduate Record Examination score is lower than 500.

A student who has not been enrolled for one regular semester (fall or spring) is required to submit a readmission form and a new statement of purpose. The readmission must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator. If a student has not been enrolled for one calendar year, the applicant must submit a new application and statement of purpose to be considered for readmission.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who fails to meet admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. Students admitted on a provisional basis must receive no grade lower than B during the initial 9 hours of graduate work

Required Application Materials

Application Deadlines

The MPPA program application deadlines are the same as those of the MSU Graduate School.

Program of Study/Completion Requirements

The Master of Public Policy and Administration 42-hour program consists of three facets:

(1) Core Courses—27 hours

These are courses that provide broad training in public policy and administration. These courses cover the fundamental competencies essential for professional practice in the field of public policy and administration.

PPA 8103Seminar in Public Administration
PPA 8703Government Organization and Administrative Theory
PPA 8713Public Personnel Management
PPA 8723Public Budgeting and Financial Management
PPA 8733Public Program Evaluation
PPA 8743Administrative Law
PPA 8803Research Methods for Public Affairs
PPA 8903Public Policy
PPA 8983Integrative Capstone
(2) Elective Courses—12 hours

Each student must complete a 12-hour elective concentration to augment knowledge, skills and abilities acquired in required courses. These courses are tailored to the student's career objective.

(3) Internship—3 hours

Each student completes an internship in a public or nonprofit agency. The internship is waived for students possessing at least one year of relevant work experience.

Unsatisfactory Performance

A student in the MPPA program will be dismissed if he or she receives grades of C or lower in six or more credits of graduate work.

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Contact Info

Department of Political Science
and Public Administration
Department Phone: 662.325.2711
Department Fax: 662.325.2716
Mailing Address: P. O. Box PC
Mississippi State University, MS 39762
Department Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Email address:polscipubadm@pspa.msstate.edu