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"The advantage of an MPA is its versatility. With the skills you develop in the program, you can do whatever you want to do, while serving the public interest.” - Dr. Leigh Hersey, Assistant Professor Political Science, School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Business and Social Sciences. 

Master Degree

Master in Public Administration

the best master's degrees online degrees badgegrad school hub badge for most affordableULM offers a 36-hour online-only MPA Program designed for graduate students anywhere in the world. MPA courses are offered in eight-week and sixteen-week formats every semester, allowing the degree to be completed in as little as 12 months. Students may enter the program any semester.

To participate in the online MPA program, students must have Microsoft Office™, high-speed Internet access, and computer equipment with audio and video capability, including a headset, microphone, and a webcam. ULM’s online-only MPA Program offers credit for participation in the Delta Regional Authority Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy.

General Requirements for Admission

Once all application materials are received, applicants are either denied or may be granted one of three types of admission. All applicants must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Regular Status

Applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements to be regularly admitted:


Conditional Status

Applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements to be conditionally admitted:

For applicants who are admitted conditionally because they do not meet GPA and/or GRE requirements, this status will be removed after a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate coursework is completed at the University of Louisiana Monroe with a 3.0 GPA, and with no grades of C or below.  If these requirements are not met, the student will be denied continuance in Graduate School.

Provisional Status

Provisional status is given to applicants who are in the process of obtaining official transcripts or GRE/GMAT scores. The minimum requirement for taking graduate courses in provisional status is a GPA of 2.50 (based on a 4.0 scale). No more than six hours of coursework may be completed under provisional status, and students admitted provisionally are not eligible for financial aid. A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit earned in provisional admission status, including credit earned at ULM and approved transfer credit, may be counted toward a master’s or doctoral degree. The six semester hours must be included on the student’s approved degree plan to be counted toward the hours required for completion of the degree. Applicants who are accepted provisionally are admitted until regular or conditional status requirements are met.

For more information about the MPA Program please contact Dr. Leigh Hersey at hersey@ulm.edu or (318) 342-1332.

For more information about this program please see the ULM Graduate School. For information about the curriculum please click here