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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The University of North Georgia offers a Master of Public Administration degree designed to serve students who are currently employed in a public-service organization or are contemplating a new career in public and human services.  Effective Fall 2017, the MPA program will be fully online.

Quick Facts

Spring and Summer 2017, Dahlonega campus
Fall 2017 and later, online
Program length 36 semester hours
Open to enrollment any semester
GRE or GMAT required
Three concentrations offered

Application Deadline

Fall - August 10
Spring - December 10
Summer - May 10

Types of Admissions

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements


Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.
  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores. 
  • Select “University of North Georgia” for submitting official GMAT scores.
  • You may exempt the GRE/GMAT with evidence of a master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.

Graduate assistants are required to have health insurance. For additional information, visit USG Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP).

Degree Seeking Provisional

Applicants who do not meet regular status requirements may qualify for provisional admission.

Requirements

Provisional degree-seeking students

  • may register for a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of the first semester enrolled.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.
  • University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores. 
  • Select “University of North Georgia” for submitting official GMAT scores.
  • You may exempt the GRE/GMAT with evidence of a master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.

Graduate assistants are required to have health insurance. For additional information, visit USG Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP).

Non-Degree

An applicant interested in taking graduate courses in public administration, but not interested in pursuing a graduate degree, may apply as a non-degree graduate student.

Requirements

Non-degree students

  • may register for no more than nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the graduate level public administration courses if a grade of C or lower in any graduate course is earned.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • must submit a new application to Graduate Admissions and meet all program admission requirements if the student later decides to pursue a Master of Public Administration degree at UNG.

Application Steps

Transient

A student currently enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university as a graduate student in good standing may apply to UNG as a transient student.

  • Permission to take courses does not indicate or imply subsequent admission into the program.
  • Students must receive pre-approval from the program coordinator before enrolling in courses.
  • Requests will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Admission is for one semester only.
  • Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must re-apply through Graduate Admissions.
  • Students may be required to submit an official transcript from the home institution in order to verify adequate prerequisite knowledge/skills.

Complete the online application for Graduate Studies or download a paper application. Transient admission is for one semester only.  Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must re-apply to Graduate Admissions.

  • Application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit a letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at his/her home institution.

Note: The letter or form should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.

All International

An international student is someone who has not been granted or does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency.  In order for these students to study in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa.  International applicants must enroll for at least nine hours per semester, excluding summer semester, and may only enroll in up to three hours of online (distance education) coursework per semester.  International applicants must be accepted as degree-seeking. 

Effective Fall 2017, the MPA program will be fully online. International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely online programs. 

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
grads@ung.edu

 

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UNG develops and educated leaders through strong liberal arts, pre-professional, professional, and graduate programs. The state's Board of Regents has designated UNG as a Georgia Leadership Institution.

The UNG Dahlonega campus offers a high quality college experience in a beautiful mountain setting, about an hour north of Atlanta. The Dahlonega campus is large enough to provide a wide array of opportunities and activities, but small enough to ensure personal attention from professors and to foster friendships among students.

Program Contact

Luisa Diaz-Kope, Coordinator
luisa.diazkope@ung.edu

Occupational Outlook

The knowledge obtained in the MPA program can be applied to a variety of professional fields such as public policy, public affairs, public heath administration, or criminal justice administration.

Typical Work Environment
Depending on your professional focus, a graduate of the MPA program could expect to work in an office environment in the public or private sector.

Careers and Salaries
Below you will find the 2015 annual median pay for professions related to MPA program:

  • Social and Community Service Manager: $63,530
  • Urban and Regional Planner: $68,220
  • Arbitrators, Mediators, Conciliators: $58,020
  • Public Relations Specialist: $56,770
  • Medical and Health Services Managers: $94,500

Job Outlook

  • Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of arbitrators, mediators and conciliators is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of medical and health service managers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition

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