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Department of Public Administration

Our Mission:

The MPA program of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs at Tennessee State University prepares individuals for professional public, nonprofit, and health sector careers. The program develops leaders and managers to promote trust and public value in the community.

  • We educate by providing the key knowledge, skills and abilities our students
  • require to serve in diverse public, nonprofit and healthcare settings.
  • We work by conducting research and service activities supportive of
  • these educational and instructional purposes which emphasize analytical thinking, problem solving and decision making and;
  • We serve a diverse and ever-changing public, nonprofit and healthcare environment as a source of consultation with knowledge of public policy & public management issues to the community.

 Through these endeavors, we create value with the community, our community partners, students and University by bringing expertise to bear in real organizational settings. In carrying out each of these core activities, we seek to reflect and instill distinctive public service values of: Ethics, Equity, Responsiveness, Diversity, Cultural Competency, Efficiency and Transparency.


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We offer graduate degrees in Public Administration (MPA, PhD), Professional Studies (MPS - online), and Social Work (MTC MSW); along with five-course graduate certificates in Health Planning and Administration and Nonprofit Management.

We also offer the Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies; an undergraduate minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Management; the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW); the Bachelor of Science in Sociology; and a minor in Sociology. Visit our Degree Programs area to learn more and apply.

Get information and forms you need for your program, plan your next semester, check our calendar, explore funding, internship or job opportunities, or contact your advisor.


Michael Harris, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Public Service and Urban Affairs
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Oscar Miller, Jr., Ph.D.
Department Head, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Urban Professions
BS Sociology; minor Sociology; BSSW Social Work; Child Welfare Certification; MSW; BS Urban Studies; minor Nonprofit Management and Leadership
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Rodney Stanley, Ph.D.
Department Head, Public Administration
MPA; PhD Public Administration; MPS; Graduate Certificates in Nonprofit Management and Healthcare Planning and Administration
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