Master of Public Administration-Justice Administration Track

Columbus State University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

The mission of the Public Administration Program at Columbus State University is to provide professional education and leadership skills for effective, efficient, and responsive public service necessary for individuals preparing for or currently serving in public service careers.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the degree for students with professional goals related to public service in areas such as government agencies, justice administration/law enforcement, not-for-profit organizations, and the private sector.

The program structure is designed to accommodate students currently employed in the public sector as well as students seeking entry level positions by offering classes in the evenings and on-line. Columbus State University's Public Administration Program offers curricular tracks in: Government Administration and Justice Administration (can be completed entirely online).

The MPA program consists of 36 hours and offers flexible course scheduling, multiple entry points, in class and online options, and some 8-week course offerings. The program can be adapted for students who wish to attend part time or full time.

Career Opportunities

  • Uniformed police officer
  • Detective
  • FBI agent
  • Customs inspector
  • U.S. Marshall
  • Security agent
  • Social worker
  • Parole officer
  • Corrections Officer

Admissions Information

Send the materials below to the CSU Admissions Office:

Application + $50 non-refundable application fee Certificate of Immunization (PDF) (PDF) Official transcript from each college and university attended Verification and proof of Lawful Presence Qualifying GRE/ MAT Scores All applicants must submit qualifying minimum GRE/MAT scores to be considered for admission to the program.

Minimum Qualifying Scores: GRE: Verbal 146; Quantitative 146; Writing 4 Millers Analogy Test (MAT): 400 A cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 / 2.75 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree is required. Three letters of recommendation (PDF) from an employer, past professor, or another person familiar with the applicant's work. Statement of purpose which introduces the applicant to the program, outlines their interest in the program, their personal and professional goals, and the relevant work and/or life experiences that they feel qualifies them for the program.