The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Kentucky State University prepares and inspires individuals to meet the call of public service in leadership and management. The MPA program implements a vital part of the University’s mission in accordance with the educational philosophy of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The Master of Public Administration program has been a member of NASPAA since 1973.The program was accredited by NASPAA initially in June 1997, and subsequently re-accredited in 2004 and 2011. It will go through the re-accreditation process again in 2019.

The program fosters commitment to public service, and provides knowledge and skills of value to public and non-profit sector professionals confronting dynamic work environments. Students can choose from a balanced inventory of conceptual, quantitative, and professional courses to solve complex problems within the following concentration areas: Human Resource Management, Nonprofit Management, International Development, and Management Information Systems.

As Kentucky’s only public historically black college or university (HBCU), the MPA program is dedicated to advancing diversity and to promoting social equity. Kentucky State University is strategically located in the capital city of Frankfort, Kentucky, and embraces its close proximity to numerous types of government agencies and nonprofit organizations. With the university’s location, the program has the distinct advantage of serving local, state, national, and international communities by preparing students today for real-life leadership tomorrow.

Public administration courses are offered in the evening to accommodate students with full-time jobs.  Some of KSU’s MPA students work for government agencies and receive employer tuition assistance. By taking approximately two courses each semester, evening students can complete all degree requirements in about three years.  Full-time students typically earn the Master of Public Administration degree in two years of study. Up to 12, semester credit hours of appropriate graduate level coursework may be transferred into the Master of Public Administration program from elsewhere.


Inquiries related to Graduate Admission should be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Studies
400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

Graduate Studies receives and compiles applications. The MPA Coordinator handles inquiries about other aspects of the program.

All new applicants (including transfer applicants) seeking MPA admission must supply the following credentials:

  • An Application for Admission – Applications must be received by July 1 for the fall semester; by November 15 for the spring semester, and by April 15 for the summer session.
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts confirming bachelor’s degree – Transcripts of international students must be submitted in English, and any translation of transcripts certified.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • A Personal Essay/Statement of Goals/Career Objectives, to include professional and academic honors, research interests and endeavors, and statement of purpose for pursuit toward advanced MPA studies.  (Biographical Sketch should not exceed four, double-spaced, Times-Roman font pages).
  • Official Graduate Record Exam, GRE, Score Report 
  • Application Fee ($30.00 for US Applicants; $100.00 for International Applicants-US funds)
  • Graduate Admissions
  • Graduate School Admissions Tests Score Requirements

Students who were previously enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Kentucky State University and who wish to resume enrollment after not attending for two or more years, and students returning from suspension must provide the following:

  • An application for re-admission
  • Official transcripts for all coursework attempted at other colleges or universities during the period of absence from Kentucky State University
  • Re-Admission Application Fee

Employment Outcomes for Kentucky State University MPA Graduates

2015-2016 Graduating Class

  • 8% Federal Government
  • 25% State Government
  • 17% Nonprofit
  • 17% Private Sector
  • 25% Pursuing additional education
  • 8% Unknown status