Master of Public Administration

North Georgia College & State University offers a 36 semester hour Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in order to serve qualified, professionally oriented college graduates who aspire employment in the public sector, in a nonprofit organization, or in a corporate setting having extensive interaction with governmental agencies. The MPA program is designed to serve students who are currently employed in a public-service organization or are contemplating a new career in public and human services. The MPA program is intended to be challenging in order to make a student's investment of time worthwhile, but also flexible to accommodate the schedules of both full-time and part-time students and to allow students with a variety of interests to profit from the program's curricular options.

Applications from prospective graduate students are welcome year 'round. A student accepted into the program may begin to pursue graduate study in any semester, provided that work begins within 12 months of the student's offer of admission to the MPA program.

For additional information, call the Master of Public Administration Program, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, 706-864-1916, or write to Master of Public Administration Program, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Hansford Hall, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001.

Graduate Admissions Procedures

Application materials may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions or from the North Georgia web site, Applicants must pay a one-time, non-refundable application fee. Admission requirements are listed below. When all application materials required to make an admission decision have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, notification will be sent to the applicant, and a copy of all materials will be forwarded to the program. Upon review, a letter from the MPA program will be sent to the applicant verifying acceptance or denial.

Students who are admitted but do not enroll within one year of acceptance must reapply through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Students who were previously enrolled but have not been in attendance within the last three terms must also reapply. All documents and materials submitted to fulfill the application requirements for entry to a program at North Georgia become the property of the university and will not be returned. These materials are kept for one year for incomplete application files and for three years for students whose applications are completed and accepted but who do not enroll.