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Contact Information

Master of Public Administration 
Grove Hall 424
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg PA 17257
(717) 477-1718

Laurie Stader
Department Administrator

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MPA Program


The MPA Program at Shippensburg University

The MPA degree prepares students for public-service careers with local, state, and federal government agencies and non-profit organizations. Students may earn their MPA by taking courses on campus and at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the master’s program, a student must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average for undergraduate studies; applicants who do not have a 2.75 or greater may be admitted with sufficient work experience.
  • Students without relevant undergraduate coursework may be required to take an introductory course.
  • Provide a current resume

Contact the School of Graduate Studies for complete application requirements.

Professional Organizations

Shippensburg University’s MPA program is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Central Pennsylvania has an active chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the professional association. ASPA regularly hosts educational and networking events in the Harrisburg area, and MPA students often become chapter members, board members, or officers. MPA students are leaders in the Public Administration Student Association, the campus professional development organization.  Shippensburg University’s Pi Alpha Alpha public administration academic honor society received the NASPAA National Chapter of Excellence Award in 2014.