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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.  

Application Deadline

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

Quick Facts

Online program, no campus visit required
Program length 36 semester hours
Open to enrollment any semester
GRE or GMAT not required with minimum GPA
Three concentrations offered

Program Questions?

Luisa Diaz-Kope, Coordinator

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • A six-hundred-word personal statement describing the specific interest in the MPA degree and any background in the field of public administration.
    • Two UNG recommendation forms.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

  • 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 a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

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

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to Graduate Admissions. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • 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.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from 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.

Interested in applying for a graduate assistant position at UNG?  Visit, UNG's Job Site and select Grad Assistant to view available postitions.  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

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Official General Record Exam (GRE) score not less than 280 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) or a score no less than 340 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
    Note: Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • A six-hundred-word personal statement describing the specific interest in the MPA degree and any background in the field of public administration.
    • Two UNG recommendation forms.

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.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

  • 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 a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

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

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to Graduate Admissions. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • 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.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, 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.

Interested in applying for a graduate assistant position at UNG?  Visit, UNG's Job Site and select Grad Assistant to view available postitions.  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

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Official General Record Exam (GRE) score not less than 285 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) taken or a score no less than 420 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
    Note: Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • A six-hundred-word personal statement describing the specific interest in the MPA degree and any background in the field of public administration.
    • Two UNG recommendation forms.

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.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

  • 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 a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

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

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to Graduate Admissions. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • 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.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from 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.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

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.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

  • 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 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.

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

Notice Regarding Online Offerings

In compliance with state authorization for the delivery of distance education, UNG online courses, degrees and certificate programs are not available in some states. If you are not a Georgia resident, email onlineapproval@ung.edu to check program availability in your state. This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state authorization of online offerings. Other inquiries should be directed to the academic department offering the online program or to Graduate Admissions.

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 or part-time programs (less than nine hours fall and spring semesters).

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