Public Administration

Saint Louis University’s master of public administration program equips you to begin or continue a career in public service or the nonprofit sector at the local, state or national level.

About the Program

Earning your Master of Public Administration from SLU will ensure that you possess proficiency in management principles and techniques, research and evaluation skills, and the identification and analysis of individual and institutional values as they relate to social, economic and political behavior.

Joint Degrees

You can also earn one of several joint degrees. These programs allow you to complete all the necessary coursework for an M.P.A. usually within one additional semester. Possible combinations for M.P.A. students include:

Program Highlights

The program's primary objective is to provide its graduates with proficiency in management principles and techniques, research and evaluation skills, and the ability to identify and analyze individual and institutional values as they relate to social, economic and political behavior.

There are many opportunities for students to be engaged in community-based projects due to the department's wide-ranging affiliations. Students and faculty also have many opportunities to interact and exchange ideas through the department's student planning organization, annual one-day retreat and research colloquia with presentations by scholars from Saint Louis University and beyond.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s M.P.A. program is housed within the political science department. It requires 36 credit hours of coursework, consisting of 18 credit hours of core courses and 18 credit hours of concentration courses and electives. In addition, the program requires an internship (three credit hours) for students with limited professional experience in the public sector. Students also must complete a capstone project that focuses on researching a particular issue in public administration.

Subjects covered by required courses include administrative law, budgeting and finance, public administration issues, organizational theory, public sector economics and research methods.

Elective course work is available in a variety of areas. Typical focus areas for public administration students include:

  • Nonprofit management
  • Community development
  • Housing policy
  • Criminal justice policy
  • The policy process
  • Finance
  • Organizational psychology
  • Health care policy
  • Social work

The Master of Public Administration at Saint Louis University is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

  • Robert Cropf, Ph.D.
  • James Gilsinan, Ph.D.
  • Wynne Moskop, Ph.D.
  • Fr. Richard Quirk, Ph.D.
  • Steven Rogers, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth F. Warren, Ph.D.
  • Emmanuel Uwalaka, Ph.D.
  • Jason Windett, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Monti, Ph.D.
  • Morgan Hazelton, Ph.D.
Internships in public administration provide practical experience that helps to prepare you for your future career. Students in SLU’s public administration graduate program have held internships with the following organizations:
  • City of Chesterfield, Missouri
  • City of Kirkwood, Missouri
  • Bellerive Neighborhood Association
  • East-West Gateway Coordinating Council
  • City of St. Louis Community Development Agency
  • St. Louis County Department of Planning
  • The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • St. Louis County World Trade Center
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service

As a graduate of Saint Louis University’s M.P.A. program, you will be prepared to work in a variety of settings in the public, private and nongovernmental sectors. Positions held by past graduates include:

  • Executive directors of nonprofit agencies
  • Budget analysts for municipal governments
  • City managers
  • Development officer for major health care institutions
  • Government relations liaison for a major university
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Graduate students may be eligible for tuition remission grants or fellowships, and research assistantships with tuition remission and stipends. Intra-university research and administrative grants are also available. These provide both tuition remission and a stipend. For full consideration for financial aid, including assistantships, applications must be submitted by Jan. 30 for the following fall semester. 

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants possess an above-average GPA, sufficient GRE or GMAT or LSAT scores, and sufficient TOEFL scores (for international applicants).

You’ll need the following items to apply:


Application Requirements
Three letters of recommendation
GRE, GMAT or LSAT scores
Statement of purpose

Requirements for International Students

Admission and Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Feb. 1. 

Application Deadlines
Fall semester (U.S. applicants) July 1
Fall semester (International applicants) May 1
Spring semester (U.S. applicants) Nov. 1
Spring semester (International Applicants) Oct. 1

Review Process

A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.


$9 Million in Funded Research

SLU’s political science department faculty and students have been involved in more than $9 million of funded research, including projects for the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, the Brookings Institute, and a variety of regional, state, and local public and private entities.