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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

MPA and CPM Admission

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The Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and Certificate in Public Management (CPM) programs are designed for persons already in or preparing to enter public service. Both programs are designed to enable the student to perform management or staff functions in such areas as finance, budget analysis and personnel management. Students are prepared with knowledge of political and legal processes of government and with an appreciation for managerial decision-making skills required by public agencies. MPA students can choose which type of capstone project they want to pursue. The recommended option for most students is the Research and Writing Capstone Plan, but students may instead choose to take the Thesis Plan or the Alternate Plan Paper Plan with advisor permission. All capstone plans require a total of 34 credits for program completion.

Admission Requirements:

The GRE is not required for admission to this program

1. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale or by using other factors (e.g. promising public or private sector work experience, having already taken some graduate credits) to demonstrate that the program can be successfully completed.

2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; and

3  All students need to have a reasonable background knowledge in government and quantitative methods. In some casees, the student's advisor may require that knowledge and skill deficiencies be remedied.

Application procedure:

ll applicants are required to submit the following information to the College of Graduate Studies and Research by the deadline for the semester applied:

  1. Application for Graduate Study (on-line application only).
  2. All college transcripts in duplicate; must have verification of bacalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. A letter of intent (please email to and send a hard copy to MPA Director/109 Morris Hall/Minnesota State University, Mankato/Mankato, MN  56001.) A letter of intent should explain why the applicant has chosen to pursue and MPA; your areas of interest in public administration, any relevant personal or professional experience and any other information that might demonstrate ability to successfully complete the program.
  4. Required information from international students.

Upon receipt of the above information, the College of Graduate Studies forwards the student's file to the department for admission recommendation. If the graduate coordinator of the Deparment of Government has recommended the student be admitted to the program, the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research will certify that the student meets the admission requirements and will then admit the student to the program and to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.   Students not admitted to the program will receive a letter with that notice. Admission decisions will be made in March 2017.