MPA — Public Leadership & Management

Robertson School of Government

The Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Leadership & Management is offered on campus and online through the Robertson School of Government to students called to serve in leadership careers in public service. Through case studies, service-learning opportunities and best-practice public administration analysis, you will develop technical-skill and character-growth perspectives to promote the best interests of key stakeholders in the public and nonprofit sectors you will ultimately serve.

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).

  • Gain tools to assess and evaluate program implementation.
  • Examine the work of local government managers, such as the roles of county and city managers, executive mayors and chief administrative officers in promoting ethical, effective, efficient and accountable government.
  • Understand the management process in federal government and agencies; focus on modern-day federal managers, how they address issues and with what tools.

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

Career Opportunities:

  • Budget/Finance Director
  • City Council Member
  • Executive Director, Nonprofit Organization
  • City Manager
  • Economic Development Director
  • Human Resource Management Director
  • Federal Executive Department Assistant

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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

Session

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.

 

Prerequisites:

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.

If you run into any technical problems, please call our IT department at 757.352.4076. If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, please contact govadmissions@regent.edu.

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 Essay

Submit a brief description (300 words or less) of your professional and career goals and how the Robertson School of Government can help you achieve those goals. This essay can be submitted to the admissions counselor via email at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Masters Application Pieces.

Step 4: 400-word Writing Sample

MPA applicants must submit a writing sample, which will be evaluated using the ETS Criterion Service. Please submit your writing sample using the directions below.

1.     Visit http://criterion.ets.org.

2.     Click "Create Account."

3.     Fill in your account information (Access Code: AFYS - EF9T).

4.     Click "Submit."

5.     Click "OK."

6.     Fill in your new User Name and Password under "Returning User."

7.     Click "Sign In."

8.     Click "School of Government" under "Classes."

9.     Choose the "Assignments" tab.

10.  Choose "Start Response" and you will be provided with the question pertaining to the topic once you begin the timer for the essay.

11.  Click "OK" to acknowledge you are ready to begin your writing sample.

12.  Read the instructions for submitting your essay. Please keep in mind that you have 40 minutes to complete your writing sample, and the timer begins as soon as you click "Start Response." You will receive a warning when there are 10 minutes remaining on the timer.

Step 5: Résumé

Please send your updated résumé with three references and contact information to the admission counselor via email at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Masters Application Pieces.

Step 6: 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 apply@regent.edu using the subject line: GOV Master's Application Pieces.

Step 7: 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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