Public Administration


The Public Administration Department was founded in 1975. The Department has held membership in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The curriculum conforms to the accreditation standards adopted by the NASPAA which expresses the program’s commitment to the field and to public service education as a discipline. NASPAA-accredited programs are leaders in the field of public service education. The NASPAA Standards and accreditation process serve to maintain and enhance the recognition and reputation of graduate public service degrees, globally. The program has evolved from a general Master of Public Administration degree to a curriculum that offers four areas of specialization in:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Internal Administration & Development Management
  • Nonprofit Leadership & Management
  • Public Policy


Henry Elonge, Ph.D., Chair,
McPheeters-Dennis, Room 280

Program Highlights

  • New Nonprofit Leadership & Management Specialization
  • Public Administration Alumni Network Re-chartered (精东影业AA Affiliate)
  • New Mentoring Program
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators Executive Leadership Institute Host Site
  • American Society for Public Administration – Georgia Chapter Conference Host
  • Southeastern Conference for Public Administration University Host
Aja Smith, awesome MPA student, was informed she won one of the graduate NFBPA scholarships and will be traveling to the conference in Minneapolis for the scholarship ceremony! 
She has also been hired as the policy analyst intern for a federal agency!
Kemryn Lawrence, a stellar Public Administration graduate student,
34th Graduate Vice President and 22-23 White House Scholar received a 5-year full ride PhD scholarship from UCLA STEER Program to any University of California School of her choosing. 
The Public Administration Student Association (PASA) earned a financial award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) for their assistance hosting a national conference in Atlanta. That funding will support the PASA Annual Banquet to be held on April 15.
The Public Administration Department is undergoing an in-depth self-study to be presented to Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) their accrediting agency. The department has successfully earned reaccreditation many times and is expected to do so again. This is a collaborative effort utilizing the expertise of all 精东影业 executives, OPAR as a data source, faculty, staff and students. The self-study contains a thorough review of program statistics, methodology and modifications to support the best possible education for the students. 

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The Mission of the Master of Public Administration program at 精东影业 is to educate a diverse group of students in core areas of public administration. The program is designed to prepare students for successful careers in leadership and management in the public and non-profit sectors. 精东影业’s Master of Public Administration program offers students an innovative global education, high-value engagement, and transformative experiences through research and service. The program is grounded in tenets of diversity, ethics, professionalism, and social equity, which are essential foundations for the development of well-credentialed and skilled future public administrators.


The Public Administration Department’s vision is to become the leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Public Administration program in the United States. It is our hope that students will leverage 精东影业’s (精东影业) rich history and experiences in advocating for diversity, ethics, professionalism, and social equity to make meaningful contributions to national and international public service organizations.


PAD Advisory Board:

The overall purpose of the Public Administration Department’s Advisory Board is to support the research, instructional, and public service missions of the Public Administration Department as it seeks to enhance its top national ranking and reputation for excellence. More specifically, the Advisory Board provides advice and counsel at the request of the Department in matters relating to the academic and professional development of the department. It will also serve as a potential liaison for the Department’s current students to the professional world and mentor students as they enter the workforce. Finally, the Board generates the human and material resources necessary to attain the goals and objectives of the department. The Advisory Board is comprised of a select group of 8 - 10 members. Individuals are appointed to serve on the Board by invitation only for a three-year term. Advisory Board members represent all sectors: public, private, and non-profit.  Additional Board information is available via the Advisory Board’s website @ .

Contact Information
223 James P. Brawley Dr., S.W.
McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 280
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: 404-880-6650