The off-campus Master of Public Administration degree at Appalachian

The Master of Public Administration program at Appalachian State University provides the professional management tools and technical expertise needed to advance your public service career.

Gain presentation, administrative and communication skills, build networks across government and nonprofit organizations and make a bigger impact in your community.

Accredited by Network of School of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the Master of Public Administration program is ideally suited for mid-career professionals looking to take their next step. Join the more than 400 alumni of the MPA program throughout the region.

Distance Education at Appalachian: Empowering adult learners with the skills to land meaningful careers.

Department of Government and Justice Studies

Degree details


  • Manager of a Town, City or County government
  • Executive director of a non-profit organization
  • Department, division or agency director
  • Probation officer
  • City clerk
  • Donor services officer
  • Police Corporal
  • Budget analyst
  • Emergency manager
  • Economic developer
  • Fire Chief
  • Human resources specialist
  • Sheriff's sergeant
  • Utilities/Public works director
  • Chief information officer
  • Business development supervisor

Program format

  • Most courses are face-to-face with evening meeting times
  • Some online elements will be integrated

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Two-to-three page, double spaced personal statement on what has prompted your interest in obtaining an MPA degree and what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian. Also include your professional plans or ambitions once you have completed your degree.
  • GMAT or GRE scores no older than five years


County Location Semester Start Application Deadline
Catawba ASU Center at Hickory Spring 2018 Nov. 1, 2017
Forsyth Forsyth Technical Community College Fall 2017 July 1, 2017