MPA – General Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Administration is offered on campus and online through the Robertson School of Government to students wanting to pursue careers in public service and nonprofit organizations. Through case studies, service-learning opportunities and best-practice public administration analysis, you will increase your knowledge of service and how to manage human, financial and information resources with excellence — all through the lens of a Christian worldview. With the guidance of your advisor, you will have the opportunity to tailor a program of study to match your interests and career goals.

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 an individualized concentration from existing RSG courses and approved electives from other Regent graduate programs.
  • Select three courses in conjunction with your advisor (existing concentration courses plus electives from other schools).

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

Career Opportunities:

  • City Manager
  • Urban Planner
  • 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

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: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Masters Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 4: Personal Goal Statement

Submit a personal goal statement demonstrating an interest in a degree program from the Robertson School of Government. Please email a completed personal goal statement (in a Word document) to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Masters Application Pieces.

  1. Describe your professional experiences and career goals and how graduate-level coursework from the Robertson School of Government will help you facilitate your objectives.
  2. Considering your personal, spiritual and professional background, why have you chosen Regent as the place to pursue your degree?

Step 5: Resume (Optional)

Submit a current and thorough resume; which provides details of your education, employment and activities. Please list your extracurricular, community, or other activities in the order of importance to you. Give a brief description of your involvement, including any special responsibilities or leadership positions held. 

Your resume should be emailed directly to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Masters 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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