What will I learn?

The Master’s in Public Administration program at the University of Cincinnati is a social justice focused program (MPA SJ). Students are able to pursue their passion for public policy and social innovation, and prepare themselves to meet the increasing need for leaders in the public sector. In addition to the traditional core competencies, this program centers social justice and equity in all levels of government and nonprofit organizations. The MPA SJ offers students the opportunity to: study with renowned faculty, gain skills necessary to become effective agents for change, learn through interdisciplinary curricula in areas including Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The program also offers students the unique opportunity to connect with a network of professionals currently working for social justice in the fields of public and non-profit administration.

MPA SJ Mission Statement

Through culturally responsive pedagogy, community-partnered research, and action-oriented strategies, the Masters of Public Administration uses a social justice perspective to develop students to be transformative and ethical leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors who work to create a more equitable society.


The MPA SJ program operationalizes success as students gaining the knowledge and skills related to the development and implementation of equitable public policy. Students will learn to effectively engage with stakeholders, including but not limited to: community residents, nonprofit leaders, politicians, grassroots organizers, and business leaders to advance fair and just policies. Students will be equity champions and thoughtful allies in the pursuit of equitable outcomes for all citizens.


Graduates of the MPA SJ program will be able to engage in any number of diverse career opportunities, including but not limited to working in local governments, nonprofit agencies, grassroots/community-based organizations, etc.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
US$28,972.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

15 January 2022

Start date

22 August 2022


UC Uptown West Campus

2600 Clifton Avenue,



45221, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency. At least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in undergraduate course work. If the applicant has a lower GPA, they must either give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School or complete 12 credit hours of specified IT bridge courses with a 3.0 GPA prior to admission into the program.

For international students

Minimum undergraduate of 3.0

Standardized Tests of English Proficiency

Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). For IELTS, an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For PEARSON, a score of 47 is sufficient. TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken, and scores are valid for up to two years. The minimum university requirement is: 520 (paper-based test), or 190 (computer-based test), or 80 (internet-based test).

Prospective students interested in funding should submit all application materials no later than January 15th.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is the birthplace of co-op learning and has led the world in applied experiential learning for over 200 years.

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