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YOU CAN GET A MPA ✓ Lowest MPA tuition in Michigan
✓ Faculty have real-world experience
✓ Earn your degree in 24 months
✓ 100% online
✓ No GRE required

Earn your Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree

Saginaw Valley State University offers the region's most flexible online MPA degree at the lowest tuition rates in Michigan.

Tanika Williams Graduate Admissions Rep

Meet Your Graduate Admissions Coordinator

My name is Tanika Williams, and I am here to help you navigate your path to earning your graduate degree. If you have any questions regarding specific programs or application requirements use one of the links below or feel free to text me at (989) 461-2050.

Choose Your Path

SVSU has two different paths for applicants to earn an MPA from SVSU. Select the Public Administration Track or the University and College Student Affairs Administrative Track

What is a MPA degree?
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Is the MPA University and College Student Affairs Administrative track right for me?
May I use the degree to enter a doctoral program?
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Leading the Way

We’re looking for the doers. The leaders. The achievers. Advance your career and create a better, more welcoming workplace environment in just under two years with a Master’s in Public Administration from SVSU. Customizable and hands-on, our HLC-endorsed MPA program is the most affordable in the state, preparing you for leadership positions in a variety of public service organizations—from government to non-profits, and more.


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Accessible Admission

Highly ranked and endorsed by the Higher Learning Commission, SVSU's MA program accepts students of all ages with varying levels of experience. A detailed list of requirements makes applying straightforward
and simple.

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Designed Around You

Fully online with full-time or part-time options available, our versatile, hands-on curriculum is designed to give you diverse networking opportunities, and real-world experience. We also offer one of the only fully-online university and student affairs specializations available.

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Cost-effective and Competitive

More affordable than comparable programs with a variety of scholarships and aid available, SVSU's MPA program is a convenient and cost-effective way to make a difference and become a leader in your field.

Industry Outlook

SVSU's Master of Public Administration (MPA) offers working adults a flexible solution for earning a graduate degree from a highly ranked and nationally recognized program.

Average Job Growth*


Average Salary Range*

$73K/year to $118K/year

Average Job Placement Rate for MPA SVSU Graduates


*Stats are approximations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor



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Steve Hensley

“As a young professional who is resolute on making a positive impact in my community — the SVSU MPA program helped advance my intellectual preparedness and overall skill set. My passions are rooted in civic engagement and service, but in order to institute change and cultivate key stakeholder relationships, the hard and soft skills taught within the MPA program has polished my poise, perspective, and approach — granting me greater opportunity to be successful, and in-turn, the community succeeds as well.”

MPA Alum Lisa Grills practicing Public Administration and writing professionally

Lisa Grills

"The MPA program at SVSU integrated leadership and personal attention into the foundational classes which allowed me to advance my career to a national level. The faculties in this program are extraordinary."

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Theodore Lind

"The MPA program allowed me to connect with other driven professionals. I was not only able to learn from the amazing faculty, but I was able to leverage the expertise of my peers to have rich classroom discussions. I now have professional skills that are immediately applicable to my work environment."


Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230
(989) 964-6096

Mark Nicol
MPA Program Coordinator

Tanika Williams
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
(989) 461-2050