Program Description

All students take 21 hours of Master of Public Administration core courses, an additional 12 hours of electives, and complete an internship or thesis (3 hours). All required courses will be completed on campus at Southeast Missouri State University or via web-based instruction. Up to nine hours of transfer graduate credit will be accepted if approved by the student’s major advisor. The student’s advisor will determine application of the transfer credit hours to core courses or elective courses.

Admissions Requirements

  • Student must hold a baccalaureate degree from any regionally accredited college or university (or international equivalent).
  • Student must have attained an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
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  • Student must submit a word processed two-to-five page statement outlining professional goals and two letters of evaluation that address the student’s potential for a career in public service.
  • The application materials must demonstrate the student’s commitment to a career in governmental or nonprofit organizations. 
  • GRE, LSAT or GMAT scores are not required but may be submitted to strengthen application.
  • A student may be admitted on a case-by-case provisional basis. A student admitted provisionally may apply for regular status after 9 hours with a grade of B or better.
  • An English language examination is required for applicants who have completed their undergraduate education outside of the U.S.A.; a minimum TOEFL score of 600 is necessary for admission.
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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Public offices
  • Government positions


Costs at Southeast