• Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public affairs programs in the nation
  • Accredited by NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration)
  • One of the most affordable MPA degrees in the South
  • Superior record of career placement for graduates
  • A supportive environment for Students and Faculty
  • Flexible Plan of Study
  • An extensive alumni network and opportunities to collaborate with community partners
  • Home to the professional association’s scholarly publication, the Journal of Public Affairs Education
    Public Affairs Best Grad Schools 2023


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Wesley Meares, PhD
Program Director




In today's rapidly changing world, collaboration is the key to improving our society. To address today's complex problems, government leaders must work proactively with nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Augusta University is the preferred degree for professionals working in government and the nonprofit sector. Why? Because it gives students practical skills in working with others to address the complex problems facing our government and our society. 

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. The program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public affairs programs in the nation.

Many of our classes are scheduled at night 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. 

Whether you are looking to make an impact on your local community or the world, the MPA is the degree you have been looking for! 


Dr. Wesley Meares

"The Augusta University Master of Public Administration program helps students advance their careers in public service. Our superb faculty, internship program, and outstanding alumni network help our students succeed in managing and leading public and nonprofit agencies.”

 Wesley Meares, PhD

Student Profile

Grace Welsh

"The MPA program is composed of the most diverse group of students and faculty. There are students from every walk of life; parents, fresh college graduates, young professionals, seasoned professionals, military personnel, and everyone in between. This true diversity is a direct contributor to the rich and valuable class discussions."

 Grace Welsh >>