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Contact Missy Gish at or
call 859-572-5326

Students applying for admission to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program are divided into three admission categories.

  1. In-career students are those who can demonstrate five years experience in the public or related sector. Some of that experience must be managerial in nature.
  2. Pre-career students with 3.0 or higher GPA.
  3. Pre-career students with GPA under 3.0.

All materials should be submitted to

All students applying to the MPA program must:

  • Complete the online application;
  • Provide official transcripts showing all college/university course work completed at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Submit at least two recommendation forms from persons qualified to evaluate potential for successful performance in the MPA program;
  • Submit a narrative essay of 300 to 400 words stating academic and career goals, how the MPA program will enable attainment of those goals and any additional information detailing relevant work experience.

Click on the status below that best describes you for additional application items to submit.


Northern Kentucky University - Master of Public Administration
FH 572B, Highland Heights, KY 41099
Email / Phone 859.572.5326