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The Master of Public Administration is located in the Department of Government and Regional Analysis in the School of Public Affairs, which is part of the College of Business and Public Affairs at Morehead State University.

Morehead State University’s MPA program provides a theoretically informed management degree that builds statesmen and public leaders committed to excellence and civic virtue.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional course of study for individuals pursuing careers in government, public service, education, and nonprofit organizations.  Our MPA program actively engages students in a dynamic learning environment that combines coursework and research.  It develops a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of public administration while continuing our students’ liberal education.  As a result, graduates of the program will possess both the administrative skills and leadership abilities necessary to deal with the myriad of demands placed upon professional administrators. 

Specializations are available in:

(1) Non-Profit Management and Community Development;

(2) Federalism and Public Affairs; and

(3) Homeland Security and Political Theory

The MPA is an excellent professional degree for working professionals in government and non-profit organizations as well as for preparation in advanced graduate study in the social sciences or preparation for careers in public law or admission for law school.

Senator Mitch McConnel and the MPA students

Senator Mitch McConnell and the MPA students

Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy
The MPA program is part of the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy (IRAPP), which was established in 1999 as a Kentucky Program of Distinction to help meet MSU’s responsibilities for providing applied research and organized public service to meet the needs of the region.  In addition to the MPA, IRAPP offers five undergraduate and two-masters programs:

(1) Sociology with a Regional Analysis and Public Policy Emphasis; and

(2) Environmental Science with a Regional Analysis and Public Policy Emphasis.

( IRAPP Home Page )