Jun 22, 2024  
2018-2019 General Catalog 
2018-2019 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration Institute (Graduate Program)


Program Overview

The MPA program is a 45-hour professional program in public administration. The program consists of 33 hours of core courses and twelve hours of electives in an area of specialization.


Jared J. Llorens, Director and Graduate Coordinator
TELEPHONE 225-578-6743
FAX 225-578-9078
WEBSITE lsu.edu/business/pai 

Dual Degree Program in JD/MPA

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While applications for admission are accepted and evaluated by the Institute on an ongoing basis throughout the year, new students are only admitted in the fall semester.

Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Admissions, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

Students seeking admission must submit satisfactory credentials from prior undergraduate coursework, acceptable GRE scores, information on any work experience, listing of outside activities and volunteer efforts, and three letters of recommendation. The GRE can be waived if an applicant has taken another standardized examination such as the GMAT or for other reasons as determined on a case-by-case analysis. The PAI examines all aspects of an applicant’s credentials in making decisions to admit an applicant to the MPA program. International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to some students. Support may be available through the student’s home department or other units in the form of research or teaching assistantships. A student should contact his or her home department for more information on available assistantship positions. To ensure consideration for financial aid, all application materials should be submitted in accordance with deadlines established by the LSU Graduate School.

Graduate Faculty

(check current faculty listings by department here)

Suzette Caleo (6A) • Organization Analysis, Research Methods, Human Resource Management
Meghann Dragseth (6A) • Public Policy and Non-Profit Management
Roy Heidelberg (6A) • Public Policy, Public Administration Theory, and Decision Making
Jared Llorens (M) • Human Resource Management, Public Policy, Quantitative Methods, and Research Methods
James A. Richardson (M) • Public Policy, Economic Analysis, Public Finance, and Taxation
Min Su (6A) • Public Budgeting and Financial Management
Richard White (M) • Human Resource Management, Public Ethics, and Public Administration Theory 


    Master of Public AdministrationJuris Doctor/Graduate