2021 - 2022 Graduate Bulletin


Political Science

Contact Information

Address: 200A Gries Hall
Phone: 906-227-2019
Fax: 906-227-1819
Web Address: www.nmu.edu/mpa
Department Head: Carter Wilson
Professor: Brian Cherry

Master of Public Administration

Admissions Requirements- The applicant must meet all University requirements and have an overall undergraduate grade point average(GPA) of 3.0 on a four-point scale for regular admissions. Applicants with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be conditionally admitted. Applicants with a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 undergraduate credits and appropriate work experience may also be conditionally admitted. Conditionally admitted students must complete 8 credits with no grade below a 3.0.  The decision to admit an applicant to the MPA program is based on a balanced review of the application package as submitted by the prospective student.

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:

Official transcripts of all previous college work.

A written statement describing how your experience in work and other settings and your choice of graduate study in Public Administration will lead to achieving your career goals. (1000-word maximum length)

Minimum of two letters of recommendation from academic sources and/or employment supervisors. Please do not provide letters from friends, co-workers, or family.

MPA Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the MPA degree, students must:

A. Complete the graduate plan of study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

B. Complete a graduate capstone project (PA 592) or thesis (PA 599).

C. Complete the graduate plan of study in accordance with the requirements for a master's degree in the Academic Standards and Policies section of the Graduate Bulletin as well as in accordance with the program description linked below.