Master of Public Administration (MPA)

  • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of Georgia is designed to develop professionals who can use their educational experiences to work productively at all levels of public sector management, as well as in research endeavors.
  • U.S. News and World Report Rankings
    • #6 public affairs graduate program in the nation
    • #2 in the public management and leadership specialization
    • #3 in the public finance and budgeting specialization
  • SPIA offers MPA courses on our Gwinnett Campus for Atlanta Professionals
  • The program is open to students without previous public service experience as well as students employed in the public sector who are seeking to advance their careers.
  • Deadlines to apply:
    • Fall semester: July 1
    • Summer semester: May 1
    • Spring semester: November 15


The Master’s of Public Administration program at the School of Public & International Affairs has consistently, from its inception, and a top 10 program among hundreds of accredited programs. And it wouldn’t be as great as it is were it not for amazing faculty.

When I was an assistant professor at another university, I was using textbooks that were written by faculty from the School of Public and International Affairs.

There’s a lot of connection being in public administration and policy of our faculty and students with local communities. But that doesn’t just mean here, it’s wherever students and faculty may be working. Through student internships, through faculty, work in the community, on local community projects.

So SPIA has over 15,000 alumni all over the world. So you can find SPIA alumni literally at every level of government. In the nonprofit sector, but also the private sector as well.

It’s having those opportunities, having a specific skill set that can transcend disciplines is something that I would encourage anybody to get. And the MPA program would definitely provide you all that you needed to be successful in whatever field.