The face-to-face 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.

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  • Manager of a town, city or county government
  • Executive director of a non-profit organization
  • Department, division or agency director
  • Human resources specialist

Degree details

Program information

  • Most courses are face-to-face with evening meeting times
  • Some online elements will be integrated
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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 Appalachian Center at Hickory Fall 2018 July 1, 2018
Forsyth Forsyth Technical Community College Fall 2019 July 1, 2019

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Hear from an Alumnus

Ken Millett

“Perhaps the most important thing about the MPA program at Appalachian State is that it’s grounded in practicality, not just theory. The professors I was fortunate enough to have understand the realities of the public sector workplace. As a result I’ve been able to directly translate what I learned from the MPA program into fulfilling my current job roles and responsibilities, as well as building on the foundation for professional growth. I also enjoyed the interactive nature the classes. Students learned from each other as well as from the professors.”

– Ken Millett