Ready to Apply Button

Undergraduate Catalog

Graduate Catalog


Public Administration




Master of Public Administration

In as little as a year and ten weeks, students can achieve their Masters of Public Administration degree onsite or online with top-notch instructors in a NASPAA-accredited program that teaches real world skills, including governmental budgeting, program evaluation, public human resource management, policy analysis, strategic planning, grant-writing, and more. The program excels in training public leaders and provides an excellent foundation for a career or advancement in the public and non-profit sectors.

  • Worldwide access- take program anywhere, anytime online. Convenient evening/weekend classes onsite. No out of state tuition!!!
  • Convenience- complete degree in as little as 1 year, 10 weeks. Small class sizes. Choice of 7 concentrations.
  • Quality- excellent instructors teaching real-world skills at a public state university. University & program accredited by SACS and NASPAA.
  • Rankings- TROY named one of the "Best in the Southeast" by Princeton Review. TROY MPA program ranked in top five of all MPA online programs nationally by

NASPAA Accreditation

NASPAA AccreditationThe Troy University Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) is the membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs. Its twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a master's program in public affairs has gone through a rigorous process of voluntary peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), and has met NASPAA's Standards for Professional Master's Degree Programs in Public Affairs, Policy and Administration. Once a program elects to go through the accreditation process, it begins by conducting a one year-long self study, which is then submitted to COPRA. COPRA reviews the self study, and then continues the process with a three day campus visit by a COPRA-appointed site visit team. The process culminates in a final review by COPRA, which makes a decision as to whether the program is in conformity with the Standards.

MPA Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Troy University MPA program is to develop professional competency and leadership in individuals associated with public and non-profit sectors by providing quality graduate professional education through a standardized curriculum and a network of campuses utilizing traditional, nontraditional and emerging electronic formats.


MPA Degree Program

The Troy MPA is a quality degree: The MPA program is fully accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The program requires a total of 12 courses (9 core courses and 3 concentration courses). Students may need to take an internship if they have not worked a minimum of 1 year in a professional position related to public administration or nonprofit work.

Troy MPA is fast:   Students can take a total of two graduate courses per term and can complete the degree in as little as one year and 10 weeks.

Troy MPA has concentrated areas of study: A student will choose one concentration that will include the three specific courses complimenting that concentration.  Students can even receive a double concentration if they so desire.  All MPA concentrations are offered online.  Concentrations are:

  • Public Management
  • Government Contracting
  • Justice Administration
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Public Human Resource Management
  • National Security Affairs

Troy MPA does not have a Thesis or Comprehensive Exam requirement: The final course is the Capstone course, PA 6699.  It can only be taken after all core courses are completed.  The electives can be taken before or after PA 6699. 

Troy MPA program is convenient: Classes can be taken online or in a traditional classroom setting at various Troy sites.  Online courses are taught entirely through the Blackboard course management system over the internet.  The schedule of courses is online as well as all necessary forms, administrative materials, course information, contact information, and online textbook sales. 

Why an MPA Degree?

MPAAn MPA degree:
  • Is a versatile degree for different career options
  • Gives you real world applications in order to solve challenging applications
  • Lets students develop cross-cutting and transferable skill sets
  • Is a pragmatic degree that helps you advance the public good
MPA  graduates:
  • Understand context and possess judgment
  • Are dedicated to mission and have a sense of ethics
  • Act as problem solvers
  • Remain flexible so as to take on different problems, issues, and challenges
  • Come prepared with a full set of management skills
  • Take initiative to proactively move things forward
  • Understand politics and government
  • Have specialized knowledge and unique competencies
  • Are motivated to serve
  • Possess an awareness of situational terrains and an ability to adapt
For more information, please see the Student MPA/MPP FAQ page at NASPAA:

Why Choose Troy University for an MPA Degree?

Troy’s MPA program is widely recognized and accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Troy, ranked one of the top five online MPA programs by, is the forerunner in providing MPA courses in many venues, anytime, anywhere online and in the classroom.    At Troy, MPA students are not just a number; graduate classes are kept small and personal.  The faculty is comprised of Ph.D.s who have real-world experience in their field. Students receive both faculty and on-site guidance, real-time online instructor contact, and can choose from quality traditional in-class, online or hybrid courses.  It is both a practitioner’s professional degree as well as an academic degree that can bring students one-step closer to a doctoral degree.  This affordable program offers both onsite and online classes to lead to the successful completion of a Masters in Public Administration in only one year and ten weeks.  This convenient MPA program can move with you to another state or be accessed when you are out of town--Anytime, Anywhere…TROY is there!


Just graduated with BA and looking for a job?

Students graduate and find that to compete for even an entry-level management position, they need an edge on the competition.  Experience and a bachelor’s degree are not as competitive as it was in the past.   Most Troy students already have experience, but in today’s job markets and public careers, having an MPA will place you ahead of the competition.  A Troy MPA degree is NASPAA accredited…this reflects a high quality program that will yield students with knowledge and the ability to enter a public sector position and be ready to work immediately.  Troy is a practitioner’s professional degree for the public or private sector employee that works for or with government entities.  This MPA degree can be your edge on the competition. Come see what Troy has to offer you.    

Just retired or thinking of retiring? 

Returning to work after retiring from one job and having to decide on choosing another career can be confusing.  Troy’s MPA program provides an outstanding opportunity to learn about a variety of possible career choices while receiving your Masters degree.  No need to feel out of place due to your experience and age; a majority of Troy’s MPA students have several years of experience in their careers.  There has never been a better time to return to school and work with other students that have similar interests and a level of experience that matches your own.  Communications with other students can lead to further ideas for jobs and possible job connections through student networks.  Give Troy the opportunity to help lay a new path to your next career in public service. 

Looking for a career change? 

In today's economy, no one can be too confident in keeping their present job or advancing in their chosen career field. Achieving your educational goals will enhance your resume and your career prospects. Thinking ahead and planning for the future by obtaining a Troy MPA degree will place you in the right position and at the right time to make that career change. Wouldn't you want to be that competitive higher-educated job applicant that gets the job? An MPA degree will make you a contender for that next job and help you transition easily into your next public sector career. 

Seeking a career change in government? 

Sometimes it is unavoidable to plateau in your career path.  For this reason, switching to new career fields may never have crossed your mind until now.  Are you prepared to compete with other job seekers; do you have anything in your resume that will separate you from your competition?  These questions may lead you to look at an MPA program.   Career choices in the public sector are competitive, so an edge is what you need over the other applicants.    A Troy MPA may be the very thing required or recommended as a qualification for your next job.  Its NASPAA accreditation alone speaks volumes to the quality of the Troy MPA program; let Troy be your “edge.”

Looking to be competitive for your next promotion opportunity?

Many Troy MPA students have realized that their coworkers and employees are working on graduate degrees and quickly moving ahead in their organizations.  Experience alone will not prepare you for the next promotion as job promotions become more competitive.  If are waiting for the right time but seeing others obtaining their degrees, you may realize that you need to move quickly. The time is now. Troy offers an MPA degree that can be obtained in 1 year and 10 weeks. Troy MPA students can take their courses online and work in the evenings while easily contacting their very accessible instructors if they need additional assistance.  Accessing instantly the materials they need on a user-friendly website-type classroom program (Blackboard) allows students to continue their contact with the course even when on business trips.  Some of our students have taken their classes to the furthest remote areas of the world and continued their classes without interruption.  This is Troy being there, anytime and anywhere! 

I have a GI bill or a company education benefit I want to use, why an MPA at Troy? 

These are not benefits until you actually start to use them.  A graduate MPA degree at Troy is a perfect way to make use of these benefits while broadening your opportunities to compete for jobs and positions in both the public and private sectors.  Not only will you be attractive to public organizations, but you will also provide the private sector with a job candidate that has a professional degree that demonstrates they understand the mechanics of government.  Private employers are touched by government daily through laws, regulating agencies, and political elements are interested in MPA degreed applicants that have both work experience and academic knowledge of civic organizations. Troy MPA students can choose from concentrations to build further expertise in the following areas:  Public management, non-profit management, healthcare administration, government contracting, public human resource management, environmental management, justice administration, national security affairs, and education.  Use your benefits to make your future less uncertain; Troy’s MPA Program is prepared to help you build a successful future.  

I want a certified public administration graduate program with choices and with instructors that know my name and don’t have complicated online computer programs supporting their courses.

Troy MPA students experience a graduate program with a personal touch in an uncomplicated online setting.  No one wants to be a number in a classroom, nor does anyone wish to spend hours trying to learn how to access the online course program.  Our MPA program provides small classroom sizes resulting in instructors that know the names of their students and remain accessible to those students in both the traditional classroom setting as well as in online courses.  The MPA program uses several features to make online classes feel more like traditional in class courses without the limitations of traditional classes.  Online students discuss issues with other students through discussion board exchanges; different views are shared with other students whose geographical locations span the states as well as the world.  Online archived lectures or presentations along with “live” Troy class chat rooms give MPA students access to their instructor, other classmates and course materials anytime, anywhere.  This is the reality for our online MPA students.   Why settle for the old non-responsive, correspondent-type online programs of the past?  Troy's MPA program is modern and mobile, a front-runner in using the latest education technology, and invests in only the most user-friendly software developed to use on a student’s home computer.  See what we have to offer our students in our MPA Program.


John L. Bell Jr., Deputy Chief of Police, Virginia Beach, VA, 2011

I found out about Troy University's MPA program through NASPAA. I specifically wanted to complete a program that was accredited by the organization and 100% online so that I could complete it regardless of military moves and/or deployments. Thankfully, Troy met both of those requirements for me.

Keturah Spence, January 2012

TuckerAs a stay at home mom I was afraid of losing my intellectual acumen, so I decided to pursue a graduate degree.  Attending Troy University was a great move for me.  Since the program is designed for working adults, it allowed me to balance my personal responsibilities with my professional desire.  I enjoyed the rigorous and challenging program and truly feel that I am a “Master” in public administration. 

Robyn Tucker, National Presidential Management Fellow, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

DavisMy experience with the MPA program at Troy University has been very rewarding.  I have had the privilege of learning under a great staff that has allowed me to get a greater understanding of the Public Administration career field that has further encouraged me to pursue an even higher level of education by seeking a PhD.  It has definitely helped me prepare for future career goals and aspirations when I leave the military.  I would certainly recommend Troy University to anyone that wants to continue their academic endeavors.

Major Lawrence Davis, United States Army

ClarkeIt is no cliché that Troy University’s MPA program is one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets, especially for current or new public administrators and healthcare professionals.  My academic and professional development experience at Troy University exceeded far beyond my expectations.  The interactive and flexible classes not only enhanced my skills and proficiency in public policy and administration, but also they presented new concepts and theories that were easy to apply to real world situations and improved my critical thinking and decision making.  The enthusiasm and support from faculty, staff, and other graduate students are like no other and created an environment conducive for independent learning and team projects.  From the availability of state-of-the-art technology to the incredible networking opportunities, I would recommend Troy University in Atlanta to any student or professional interested in furthering their education and careers in public administration.  It’s definitely an investment worth exploring.

Donato C. Clarke, Special Projects Coordinator, Infectious Disease and Immunizations Program, Division of Public Health-HIV Unit, Georgia Department of Public Health

FletcherI had not attended any formal continuing education since receiving my Bachelor degree in 1989.  I was hesitant at first to pursue a Master's degree since I was working full time and raising a family.  However, while watching my wife go through the process with Troy University, I saw the customer service and the attention given to the students from the instructors.  I immediately enrolled and have no regrets.  The curriculum is fair and well-paced and the feedback from other students is very helpful.  Every time I had a question, either for the instructors or the administration personnel, it was answered.  Thank You, Troy University.    

Rich Fletcher, Lieutenant, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Program Requirements
Meet our Faculty and Staff
Read our MPA newsletter


Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting

The graduate certificate program targets public and private sector professionals who want to strengthen their skills in managing government contracts and develop a more thorough understanding of the contracting process. These courses are designed for contract administrators, contract managers, sales or business development managers, project managers, or others responsible for contracting projects.

Admission Requirements:

All Certificate students must be admitted to the Graduate School and MPA program in order to qualify for the Certificate. See Admissions for MPA Admission Requirements.

Course Requirements: 

PA 6645  Managing Government Contracts            
PA 6647  Advanced Contract Administration 
PA 6648  Contract Negotiation 
PA 6649  Government Contract Law 

Admitted MPA students may qualify for the Certificate by completing the four required courses and maintaining an overall 3.0 grade point average or better in order to meet certification requirement.

Other Requirements:

Students who wish to be issued a certificate must submit the following to their home campus:
  1. Certification Intent
  2. Certificate Plan and Progress Record
  3. Copy of student transcript

Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting FAQ’s

Q. How many of these courses will transfer to a Masters of Public Administration degree?

A. The MPA degree requires nine core courses and three concentration courses. While all of the courses will transfer, they will not substitute for the core courses. The nine core courses still must be taken.

Q. If I have previously taken the MPA degree and have taken three of the government contracting courses as part of my concentration, can I take the fourth course and qualify for the Certificate?

A. Yes. As long as the courses were completed within the eight year time limit.

Q. I previously completed Defense Acquisition Courses that are the equivalent of two of the four required four certificate courses. May I transfer these courses into the certificate program and take only two courses from Troy?

A. While all transfer credit will be reviewed and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School, transfer courses can be applied to the certificate program.

Q. Does the award of the certificate include professional certification such as the National Contract Management Association's Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM)?

A. No. A student must apply for and take the professional certification exams. While the Certificate Program contains the "body of knowledge" required to pass the certificate exam, there are also experience requirements that are part of the professional certification qualifications.


:: About the College of Arts and Sciences

Whether your interests are in solving crimes, keeping up with computer technology, protecting the environment or somewhere in between, Troy University’s College of Arts and Sciences has just the place for you. As one of the most dynamic colleges in the University, Arts and Sciences provides a modern, quality education that will prepare you to excel in your chosen field.