MPA — Federal Government

Robertson School of Government

The Master of Public Administration with a concentration Federal Government is offered on campus and online through the Robertson School of Government to students wanting to pursue careers in federal service or nonprofit organizations. You will enjoy specialized coursework in leadership, constitutional law, international relations and politics. Through case studies, service-learning opportunities and best-practice public administration analysis, you will increase your knowledge of service and develop a greater understanding of culture, climate, and competency areas associated with career success in the federal sector.

The MPA program can be completed in approximately two years full time (four semesters or eight 8-week sessions; approx. 9 credits per semester) or three to four years part time (six to seven semesters, 12 to 14 8-week sessions; two courses per semester).

  • Develop a foundational understanding of American politics, the presidency, Congress, voting and the judiciary.
  • Examine the history of the Constitution; the structure, power, and limitations of the three branches of the federal government; the power and rights of the states; and the authority of local governments.
  • Explore U.S. foreign policy; America's role in the world today; and international and multinational social, political and economic problems, and how to address them from a Christ-centered perspective.

The mission of the MPA program is to equip Christian servant leaders with exceptional character and competence to promote the public interest.

Career Opportunities:

  • Program Analyst
  • City Director
  • Director of a Company or Non-Profit Organization
  • Consultant

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Delivery Format: Online | On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 37

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines: 2017-2018 Semester


Application Deadline

Session Start Date

Session A

Monday, July 31st

Monday, August 21st

Session M

Monday, August 28th

Monday, September 18th

Session B

Monday, October 2nd

Monday, October 23rd

Session C

Monday, December 19th

Tuesday, January 16th

Session T

Monday, January 29th

Monday, February 12th

Session D

Monday, February 26th

Monday, March 19th

Session E

Monday, April 23rd

Monday, May 14th

Session F

Monday, June 4th

Monday, June 25th

Note: The application deadline for international applicants applying to attend on campus is March 15.



Applicants for the Master of Public Administration must possess an earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign university.


Application Process:

Step 1: Online Application

Applicants must submit the Regent University Online Application.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Robertson School of Government will not be able to view your application until the $50 application fee is received by the university.

Step 2: $50 Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a Robertson School of Government on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee

Step 3: Personal Goal Statement

Submit a personal goals statement demonstrating an interest in a degree program from the Robertson School of Government. Please email to the Admissions Office at using the subject line: RSG Master's Application Pieces.

  1. Describe your professional and career goals and how graduate-level coursework from the Robertson School of Government will help you facilitate your objectives. (100 words)
  2. What is your current church and / or community involvement, including service, leadership, and work experience. (100 words)
  3. Considering your personal, spiritual and professional background, why have you chosen Regent as the place to pursue your degree? (200 words)
  4. Choose a major public policy or government management issue and briefly explain the issue and why it is difficult to solve the issue in the American political system. (I.e. healthcare, voter registration, minimum wage, governmental effectiveness). (400-500 words)

Step 4: Résumé

Please send your updated résumé with three references and contact information to the admission counselor via email at using the subject line: RSG Master's Application Pieces.

Step 5: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts

Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: GOV Master's Application Pieces.

Step 6: GRE or LSAT Score (Optional)

Graduate school entrance exams (GRE, LSAT, or MAT) are not required. However, applicants who have taken a graduate school entrance exam are encouraged to have their official scores sent directly to Regent University by the testing agency. Submission of scores may strengthen an application file and may increase access to scholarship opportunities.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Master of Public Administration $650 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

Technology Fee $300
Parking Fee (On-Campus Students) $100 (Fall & Spring semester)
Council of Graduate Students Fee $15 (Fall & Spring semester)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Whether you are a prospective student or a current student, your questions matter. Please take a few moments to skim our Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.

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