The Degree of Master of Arts in Public Administration


The department of Public Administration offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts in Public Administration. This Master’s program is aimed at those students planning or embarking upon a career in public service.

Admission Requirements
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, applicants should have a B.A. in Political Science, Public Administration, International Affairs and Diplomacy, International Law, or other related fields.

Successful passing of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 650 is required. Students’ undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum, work experience, letters of recommendation, motivation for a career and leadership are all taken into consideration. The Faculty may require the GRE exam for non-NDU students, and the following prerequisite courses may be required of non-major applicants: PAD 201, POS 201, POS 210, or equivalent by petition

Graduation Requirements
Students seeking the degree of M.A. in the Faculty of LPS must meet the University graduation requirements and complete one of the following two options with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0/4.0:

  1. 36 credits of course work in addition to a comprehensive written and oral examination;
    or
  2. successful completion of 30 credits course work and six credits thesis.

Core Requirements (9 cr.)

IAF 601, PAD 604, POS 681

Major Electives (15 cr.)

IAF 641, IAF 645, INL 626, INL 636, PAD 602, PAD 612, PAD 618, PAD 620, PAD 622, PAD 627, PAD 629, PAD 632, PAD 652, PAD 654, POS 619, POS 625, POS 661,

Free Electives: (6 or 12 cr.)

Option I: Thesis 6 cr. (PAD 699) in addition to 30 cr. Of course work.
Option II: Successful completion of 36 credits of course work culminating in a comprehensive written and oral exam.