Message from the Director

Welcome to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program. As part of the School of Government and International relations, we are committed working in partnership with our Kennesaw community, particularly local governments and nonprofit organizations, to improve the quality of public policy development and implementation. MPA program faculty, staff, alumni, and stakeholders strive to make relevant contributions to the communities in which they live and work, and to the broader profession of public service.

The MPA at Kennesaw State University is a professional degree program for those seeking careers in public service. This means that the faculty and staff of the MPA program see it as their mission to prepare students for opportunities and responsibilities as professionals working in the public sector. Students will find an emphasis on high ethical standards, socialization to the work environment of the public sector, a priority on respect for diverse and inclusive points of view, and the understanding that the profession of public service management is a noble, life-long career choice.

As public service professionals themselves, staff and faculty ensure that they act in accordance with the same high standards expected of students, including excellence in course delivery, staying current with the latest developments in the profession, pursuing rigorous research agendas to develop new knowledge, and modeling high standards of personal integrity. The faculty also strive to achieve consistency in applying standards, fidelity to university, college, school and program policies, and creating a welcoming, respectful, and collegial atmosphere.

By applying to and enrolling in the MPA program, you have taken the first step toward developing and expanding your own professional knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to public service. Whether you recently graduated with a baccalaureate degree and have limited experience in public service or have been working for many years within the public or nonprofit sector, I am confident that you will find the next two or more years of study both challenging and rewarding.

We wish you the best in your studies. 

Jerry Herbel, Ph.D., MPA
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
Associate Professor of Public Administration