Mission Statement

The mission of the Appalachian State University Master of Public Administration program is to educate and prepare in-service and traditional students for ethical administration in the public and non-profit sectors by developing foundational knowledge, analytical and practical skills, and professional networks.

A Message from Dr Mark Bradbury, MPA Director

Welcome to Appalachian State University's Master of Public Administration Program

Our program enrolls approximately thirty-five students in Boone plus approximately fifteen students in each of the off-campus locations in Winston-Salem and Hickory, N.C. Each year approximately twelve to twenty-five students graduate with our MPA degree. Since the inception of the MPA program in 1989, over 300 individuals have received their MPA degree. We are very proud of the wide array of jobs in local, state, federal government and in not-for-profit agencies that are held by our alumni. We are especially proud of the fact that twenty-five percent of North Carolina's city and county managers received their education in this department. With enough effort you can join our alumni as proud holders of our MPA degree.

Appalachian State University recently celebrated the centennial of its founding in 1899. During its first century, Appalachian established a reputation for quality educational programs that meet the needs of this region and of the State of North Carolina. Known for its emphasis on practical problem-solving, Appalachian will challenge you to do your best. However, Appalachian has not grown so large that you will become a number. In our program, mentoring students into professional management careers is what we are all about.

If you have questions about MPA program or Graduate School requirements or procedures, please feel free to contact me. Visits to the campus can be arranged so that you can see for yourself whether our curriculum, facilities, and faculty meet your interests. My telephone number is 828-262-7913.


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MPA Director
Dr. Mark Bradbury

MPA Graduate Assistants
Ian Bumgarner

Anne Belk Hall
Room 202
PO Box 32107
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Department of Government and Justice Studies

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