Master of Public Administration

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Sherman Yehl
Fall Semester: July 15 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Email: 
rpyehl@valdosta.edu
Spring Semester: November 15 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-293-6058

Summer Semester: April 15

Public Administration Department

Admission Requirements

**Please be advised: If you are considering the online track for this program, due to new regulations governing online education, VSU cannot deliver online courses to students residing in certain states. Contact The Graduate School before applying to this program to confirm whether your state has approved VSU for online education delivery.

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.

Graduate Record Exam

or

Miller Analogies Test

or

Graduate Management Admissions Test

  • Minimum GRE Requirements:
    • 146 Verbal AND 3.5 Analytical or
    • 285 combined Verbal AND Quantitative
    • If taken prior to Oct 2002: 800 overall (Verbal plus either Quantitative or Analytical).
  • Minimum MAT Score: 375
  • Minimum GMAT Score: 450
MPA Supplemental Application
Resume
  • A comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae.

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendation letters from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic work. 

VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

The Human Resource Management track is offered at Moody AFB.  The Public Sector Management and Public Policy tracks are offered exclusively online.

    International Applicants 

    International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines. International students are eligible for the on-campus tracks of the MPA program.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
    • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
    • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

    Admission Classifications