Kent State University Online Mpa

Last Updated on December 20, 2022

Kent State University welcomes applications to the Master of Public Administration program three times per year. Incoming students may begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

For Fall Semester (September – December): By July 31st
For Spring Semester (January – May): By December 30th
For Summer Semester (May – August): By March 31st

The MPA faculty consider all applicants based on the following materials:

Application Form: The on-line application form is available at the “Apply Now” button below.

Be sure to select “Arts and Sciences” for the Academic Unit, and “MPA – Public Administration” as the Intended Major.

Application Fee: The application processing fee is $45 for domestic applicants and $70 for international applicants. This fee may be paid online at the end of the online application process.

Official Transcripts: A GPA minimum of 3.0 is required for admission; applicants with lower GPAs may be considered for “conditional admission” (see below). Official transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institution(s) must be mailed directly to the Division of Graduate Studies (address below) directly from the degree-granting institution.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE):  The MPA Program no longer requires a GRE (or other exam) as part of the application.

Writing Sample: The writing sample may be a research paper written by the applicant as an undergraduate or graduate student, or a report written for an employer. The sample should demonstrate analytical abilities and writing skills, and should include full citations.

Letter of Intent: The letter of intent should be no more than two pages (single spaced) and should address why the applicant is seeking an MPA degree and the applicant’s interest in Kent State University. 

Current Resume: Provide a current resume.

Three Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. These may be from professors and/or employers who are familiar with your work. Please download the letter of recommendation form from the “Apply Now” button. Persons writing letters of recommendation on your behalf should mail their form to the Division of Graduate Studies (address below).

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

The transcripts, GRE report, and letters of recommendation should be mailed to:Division of Graduate Studies Cartwright Hall650 Hilltop DriveKent State UniversityKent, OH 44242

All other applicant material may be mailed to the Division of Graduate Studies (above) or sent electronically to [email protected]

ADMISSIONS DECISIONS

The MPA program’s decision concerning your admission is based on our overall evaluation of your scholastic skills and abilities. Upon receipt of your complete file by the MPA Coordinator, a committee comprised of the MPA Coordinator and MPA Faculty Committee will make a recommendation on your admission.

A majority decision holds. One of three decisions is possible: You may be Unconditionally Admitted; Conditionally Admitted; or Denied Admission.

An Unconditional Admission is made for students who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater, and the other materials are judged of strong merit.

A Conditional Admission is made for students who have a mixed record of performance in their portfolio. For example, a very good research paper and experience but a GPA slightly below 3.0. A conditional decision normally requires that the applicant be admitted on the condition s/he earn a GPA of 3.0 or better in their first three graduate core courses in the MPA program.

Satisfying this requirement automatically removes the conditional status. Failure to meet this requirement results in dismissal from the program.

A Denial of Admission is made for applicants whose file indicates they do not have sufficient academic strengths to complete the MPA program.

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management uses the same admissions criteria and standards as admission to the MPA program. 

In any case, the decision by the MPA Coordinator and MPA Faculty Committee is recommendatory only. The final decision as to admission status resides with the Associate Graduate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Once the Graduate Dean has made a decision, a letter of notification will be sent to you.

kent state mpa online tuition

Undergraduate Degree Tuition and Fees

Program NameDegree LevelDelivery FormatApproximate Program Cost*
Accounting TechnologyAssociate’sOnline$12,400
Aviation Maintenance ManagementBachelor’sOnline$46,000
Business Management TechnologyAssociate’sOnline$12,400
Criminology and Justice StudiesAssociate’sOnline$12,400
CybersecurityAssociate’sOnline$12,400
Environment ManagementAssociate’sOnline$12,400
General BusinessBachelor’sOnline$46,000
Information TechnologyAssociate’sOnline$12,400
Information TechnologyBachelor’sOnline$45,300
Insurance StudiesBachelor’sOnline$45,300
Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN to BSN)Bachelor’sOnline$12,000 (based on transfer credits)
Office TechnologyAssociate’sOnline$12,400
Public HealthBachelor’sOnline$46,000
Radiologic and Imaging Sciences TechnologyBachelor’sOnline$14,000 (based on transfer credits)
Respiratory CareBachelor’sOnline$22,400 (based on transfer credits)
Technical and Applied StudiesBachelor’sOnline$45,300

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

*The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

Attention Regional Campus Students: There is an additional $162.10 per credit hour instructional fee for lower division and $111.45 per credit hour for upper division fully online regional campus courses. This fee excludes online courses associated exclusively with the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Technical Studies and Associate of Applied Business programs.

Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.*Please note that there is no additional out-of-state resident surcharge for Bachelor degree in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN to BSN) only.

Graduate Degrees

Program NameDegree LevelDelivery FormatApproximate Program Cost*
AccountingMaster’sOnline$16,100
Art EducationMaster’sOnline$18,200
Aviation Management and LogisticsMaster’sOnline$16,080
Business AdministrationMaster’sOnline$30,700
Business AnalyticsMaster’sOnline$24,900
Clinical EpidemiologyMaster’sOnline$25,000
Criminology and Criminal JusticeMaster’sOnline$22,300
Cultural FoundationsMaster’sOnline$16,100
Curriculum and InstructionMaster’sOnline$16,100
Educational PsychologyMaster’sOnline$16,100
Educational TechnologyMaster’sOnline$16,100
Geographic Information ScienceMaster’sOnline$21,000
Health InformaticsMaster’sOnline$26,100
Hospitality and Tourism ManagementMaster’sOnline$16,100
Interprofessional LeadershipDoctorateOnline$32,300
Journalism EducationMaster’sOnline$17,700
Knowledge ManagementMaster’sOnline$26,100
Latin LiteratureMaster’sOnline$19,300
Liberal StudiesMaster’sOnline$17,700
Library and Information ScienceMaster’sOnline$26,800
Music EducationMaster’sOnline$20,300
NursingMaster’sOnline$18,800-$22,500
Nursing PracticeDoctorateOnline$18,200
Public AdministrationMaster’sOnline$24,300
Public HealthMaster’sOnline$32,000
Research, Measurement, and StatisticsMaster’sOnline$16,100
School Library Media K-12Master’sOnline$26,800
Special EducationMaster’sOnline$17,700
TranslationMaster’sOnline$19,300
User Experience DesignMaster’sOnline$26,100

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

*The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.

Certificates

Program NameDegree LevelDelivery FormatApproximate Program Cost*
Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse SpecialistGraduate CertificateOnline$10,200
Autism Spectrum DisorderGraduate CertificateOnline$8,600
Behavioral Intervention SpecialistGraduate CertificateOnline$12,800
Business AnalyticsGraduate CertificateOnline$6,400
Business Management TechnologyUndergraduate CertificateOnline$7,300
Computed TomographyUndergraduate CertificateOnline$8,200
Environmental Geographic Information Science Graduate CertificateOnline$10,400
Event Management Undergraduate CertificateOnline$10,400
Financial ManagementGraduate CertificateOnline$8,300
Geographic Information Science – GeneralGraduate CertificateOnline$10,400
Health InformaticsGraduate CertificateOnline$13,000
Health Systems and Facilities Design Graduate CertificateOnline$6,400
Hospitality Management Undergraduate CertificateOnline$10,400
Leadership and ManagementGraduate CertificateOnline$8,300
Magnetic Resonance ImagingUndergraduate CertificateOnline$8,200
Medical BillingUndergraduate CertificateOnline$9,600
Nonprofit ManagementGraduate CertificateOnline$6,400
Nurse EducatorGraduate CertificateOnline$7,500
Nursing Administration and Health Systems LeadershipGraduate CertificateOnline$12,300
Online and Blended Learning and TeachingGraduate CertificateOnline$4,800
Public HealthUndergraduate CertificateOnline$9,400
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse PractitionerGraduate CertificateOnline$13,400
Web-Enabled E-Learning Knowledge ManagementGraduate CertificateOnline$9,600
Women’s Health Nurse PractitionerGraduate CertificateOnline$11,200

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

*The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

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