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Why Choose the Kent-MPA?

Our Core Values

A good place to begin is to examine our core values:

  • Public service requires personal honesty and transparency
  • The public interest comes first always
  • Citizen participation in decision-making
  • Technical Competence in analysis and implementation
  • Expanding access to public service education and research
Our Mission Statement 

Kent State University's MPA Program seeks to enhance the quality of public sector and non-profit management by teaching ethical leadership and theoretical understandings of administration; enhancing knowledge, analytical skills, and technical abilities; and emphasizing experiential learning opportunities to apply theory and skills. Toward that end, the program provides professional-level graduate education to pre- and in-service students through a high quality online format.


The MPA program encourages persons with physical challenges to apply. University accommodation efforts are taken seriously both in terms of personal accommodations, counseling and support services, as well as electronic accommodations. Moreover, our online program is constantly being updated to make it compliant with Federal standards for electronic accessibility.

Accessible Faculty

We have not yet reached the point where our students who need as much time as needed are unable to sit down one on one with a faculty member. We value students and interaction with them.

Accelerated MPA Degree Option for Current KSU Undergrads

Kent State University offers a special option for Kent juniors and seniors with specific GPA's. This option allows KSU undergraduates to apply and take graduate courses while still an undergraduate. Specifically, this benefit permits one to double count up to 12 hours of credits for both your undergraduate degree and toward the MPA degree. This shortens the time you need to spend in school to obtain a graduate degree, plus related savings in tuition. If you are interested in this option, please contact Dr. Anthony D. Molina, the MPA Program Coordinator, for assistance in admission to this program. More detailed information on this option can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

International Student Body

Students have come to the MPA program to study from many countries in the world. In addition, the MPA program has formal negotiated relationships with select universities in the People’s Republic of China. Students come to the MPA program from these universities bringing with them the perspectives and knowledge of current administrative and political events in the PRC.


Admission to the MPA program is moderately selective. Each applicant is assessed based on a review of required documents submitted to the Graduate College and MPA Program Coordinator. The required documentation consists of: (1) undergraduate transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or better (A=4.0); (2) GRE scores of 150 verbal and 150 quantitative; (3) submission of a research paper demonstrating the applicant’s writing and analytical skills; (4) letters of reference; and (5) a one page letter of intent as to why the applicant is desirous of studying public administration. Applicants with a deficiency in one of these criteria may be given a conditional admission. Deficiencies in two or more areas, is cause for denial of admission. To apply online, download necessary forms, and view the details of the admissions process, link to the Application and Admissions page of our website.


The MPA program tuition costs are commensurate with other public universities in Ohio. The MPA program requires 36-39 credit hours of coursework for matriculation. Current tuition costs may be found by visiting the Kent State University Bursar's Office

For students wishing to study nonprofit management in the MPA program; this is especially attractive relative to private colleges.

Moreover, students who are out-of-state and enroll in the Online MPA program do not pay out-of-state tuition rates. Rather these students pay the same tuition rates as in-state graduate students, plus a minimal $30 per course surcharge.