This is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences that emphasizes public sector and non-profit agency administration and leadership. The objective of the Master of Arts Public Administration is to provide educational and professional development for people employed in, or seeking employment and advancement to, leadership positions in the public or private sectors; such as those in criminal justice, governmental, human services, or public and non-profit agency administration and leadership, college and university student affairs, and for students of public affairs. The program is designed and primarily intended for those who have earned baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts, criminal justice, political science and other social sciences. Those who have earned degrees in other disciplines are welcome to apply. However, those seeking advanced training in business administration should consider the Master of Business Administration at SVSU.
The Public Administration program produces value for the region, state, national, international, and society by preparing highly qualified and skilled public sector administrators who contribute to the betterment of a culturally-diverse workplace and by providing intellectual and experiential opportunities that enrich the lives of people.
1. The graduate of this program is expected to have demonstrated the following:
2. The development of organizational skills and a mature sense of leadership.
3. A high level of personal and professional ethics.
4. A substantial awareness of human values and behavior, and of the individual’s moral responsibility for the actions of organizations of which he or she is a part.
5. An understanding and mature appreciation of major elements of the social and political environment.
6. Knowledge of contemporary methods of research and data analysis.
7. Proficiency in written and oral expression.
It is expected that each student, in every course, will progress toward the satisfaction of these six expectations and will work toward an integration of knowledge and experience.
• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
• Undergraduate prerequisites include not less than three credits in statistics and/or research methods.
• A completed application for graduate admission (non-refundable application fee) required).
• Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
• A current résumé.
• A one-page statement of accomplishments and academic goals.
International students must show a grade or “B” or better for at least one year of English composition or its equivalent. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate competence in English. The Program accepts a score of 79 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-IBT), 6. 5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a passing score on an alternative test as determined by the College. SVSU’s English Language Program is available for students without a TOEFL or IELTS score or whose TOEFL or IELTS score is below the required minimum. Successful completion of the English Language Program does not guarantee acceptance to a graduate program at SVSU.
International students must submit Evidence of Financial Support.
Full admission may be granted to applicants who have fully satisfied all admissions requirements.
Probationary admission may be granted to applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 2.95, but no lower than 2.75. Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is lower than 2.75 will not be considerred for admission. If such probationary status is granted, the student must maintain a 3.00 graduate GPA for the first 9 credits (three courses) taken to remain in the program.
Provisional admission may be granted to applicants whose files are incomplete and who are otherwise qualified.
Special admission may be granted to SVSU seniors with a GPA of 3.25 or better who otherwise meet admission requirements and are recommended by appropriate SVSU faculty. Such students may enroll for up to nine credits of graduate credit in the M.A. program beyond the requirements for the baccalaureate.
An international applicant with a three year Bachelor’s degree from an approved institution of higher learning may be eligible for admission to the Master’s degree program based on successful completion of a bridging program of 18-24 credits approved by the Program Coordinator. The bridging program does not result in a Bachelor’s degree, but does allow for consideration for admission to the Master’s program.
Transfer credit may be granted for up to 12 credits of equivalent graduate course work from other accredited institutions with approval by the Program Coordinator. The courses must have “B” or better grades to transfer.
Up to 12 credits for previously completed SVSU Master of Public Administration classes taken towards other SVSU graduate programs that have not been completed may be accepted toward the SVSU Master of Public Administration degree with approval by Program Coordinator and. The courses must have “B” or better grades to transfer.
Up to 12 credits for previously completed SVSU (non-MPA) Master-level classes taken towards other SVSU graduate programs that have not been completed may be accepted toward the SVSU Master of Public Administration degree with approval by Program Coordinator. The courses must have “B” or better grades to transfer.
Credit for previously completed SVSU Master of Public Administration classes taken towards other SVSU graduate programs that have been completed will not be accepted toward the Dean SVSU Master of Arts and Behavioral Sciences Public Administration degree. Transfer credit
Credit for previously completed SVSU (non-MPA) Master-level classes taken towards other SVSU graduate programs that have been completed will not be accepted toward the SVSU Master of Public Administration degree.
Participants of the Michigan Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program, at Saginaw Valley State University, may be granted up to 6 course credits in the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Program. The CPM participants will be required to earn admission into the SVSU Masters of Public Administration Program, present documentation confirming the successful completion of the Michigan Certified Public Manager Program, and receive the approval of the MPA Coordinator prior to the granting of the credits.
A maximum of 12 graduate credits may be accepted by transfer at first admission, and a minimum of 18 credits must be taken at SVSU. A minimum grade point average of 3. 00 (“B”) is required for graduation. No “C”, “D” or “F” may be counted toward the degree. Students earning a “C”, “D”, or “F” may repeat a course only one time and the second grade will become official. The student may be dismissed from the program for anyone of the following: the cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 at any time after accumulation of 12 credits at SVSU; the student fails to demonstrate acceptable levels of expression in oral or written English; the student has accumulated six credits of “D” of “F” grades the first time a course is taken; or special conditions of admission are not met.
The maximum load for a full-time student is 9 credits during the fall or winter semesters and six credits during the spring or summer sessions, reduced by the sum of graduate credits with the grade of “I”. The maximum load for a part-time student is six credits during the fall or winter semesters and three credits during the spring or summer sessions reduced by the sum of graduate credits with the grade of “I”. Under special circumstances, such as the offering of short-term courses during a semester in which the student has a full load, the Program Coordinator may waive load restrictions for individual students for the semester or session in question. The degree must be completed within six years of initial enrollment.
Advising will be conducted by members of the faculty and/or by the Program Coordinator.
Students considering further graduate study, or students who have a specific public administrative interest, may complete a directed study project (MPA 690 and MPA 699 ) under the supervision of an available faculty advisor mutually agreed upon by the student and faculty advisor.