Key Benefits of the Program

  • Design a flexible plan of study
  • Build your own area of focus from elective options
  • Become part of an extensive network of alumni 
  • One of the most affordable MPA degrees in the South
  • Excellent job placement rates for graduates
  • Home to the professional association’s scholarly publication, the Journal of Public Affairs Education
  • Accredited by NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration)
  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public affairs programs in the nation

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Wesley Meares, PhD
Program Director


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Augusta University is the preferred degree for professionals working in government and the nonprofit sector.

Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the MPA degree is a versatile degree that allows students to advance their careers in numerous fields in the public sector, such as managing cybersecurity, economic development, criminal justice, city-county management, emergency management, and many others.

Many of our classes are scheduled at nights and on the weekends to better accommodate the working professionals in our program.  Students have many opportunities to work independently in the Augusta community through our robust and highly successful internship program. Our internship program has a 100% placement rate for students interested in working with nonprofits and/or governmental agencies

Some of our electives include: homeland security, emergency management, and grant writing.

Criminal Justice Track
The MPA program’s Criminal Justice Track helps students advance careers in law enforcement and/or social activism in the area of criminal justice. Our students are able to work with public managers in local law enforcements and nonprofits with a criminal justice mission.


Our caring faculty, who are nationally respected experts, teach students practical skills in working with others to address the complex problems facing our government and society today.  They  include traditional academics, "pracademics" (academics with career experience in government or non- profit organizations), and working professionals to offer you hands-on experience.  Through small class sizes, students are able to connect and work on real-world projects including working with the North Augusta Forward and the Greater Augusta Arts Council on community engagement.


Rhucha P. Samudra, PhD  Program Director

"AU MPA program helps students to advance their careers in public service. Our excellent faculty, internship program and strong alumni network help our students succeed in leading and managing public and non-profit organizations."
 Rhucha Samudra, PhD

Student Profile | Marcus Allen


Marcus Allen

"One of the experiences that solidified my choice to apply to The Graduate School was attending several information sessions during my undergraduate degree to get a better understanding of the MPA program, and how it fit my goals. The MPA is tailored for me to have the skills necessary to create positive change in the community."

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