Department of Political Science

Master of Public Administration

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The Master of Public Administration degree program at Auburn University is a NASPAA-accedited program with diverse course offerings, dedicated faculty actively engaged in research, and an internship requirement that builds successful leaders for careers in public service. The two-year program provides an environment for networking, research opportunities, and program personalization through various graduate certificate options or a dual-degree program with Community Planning. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, some directly from undergraduate studies, while others have significant work or military experience. 


The faculty strive to give students the skills and tools to be effective "civic agents." The concept of civic agency guides everything we do to help students achieve their goals of public service careers. Most of our graduates go on to hold positions in public agencies, nonprofit organizations, or the private sector. Our alumni are effective members of their communities, whether at work or in volunteer activities. This is Auburn MPA. 

Nationally ranked, Internationally Recognized 

The MPA program at Auburn University is nationally ranked (number 37 of public leadership and management programs and number 77 of public affairs programs) and is one of the best in Alabama and the Southeast region. The program is also ranked internationally as one of the top 200 public administration programs.  
 

 

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Explore the history and current practices of gatekeeping our democracy.

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Discover grassroots and impactful civic agency through community engagement.

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Plan civic-conscious and sustainable communities to improve our quality of life and future.

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For more information

Kathleen Hale

Kathleen Hale

MPA Program Director and Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-6155
halekat@auburn.edu
8030C Haley Center
(334) 844-6155

Last Updated: July 31, 2018