The Master of Arts in Rural Public Policy and Planning seeks to fulfill the need for graduate study in rural communities and small town governments like those in the Mississippi Delta and the broader Delta region. The Program provides opportunities for graduate education for those individuals interested in or currently serving in various administrative capacities in rural and small town governments, private and non-profit organizations as well as those who desire to pursue doctoral studies in public policy, planning, administration,management, and related fields. The program appeals to the non-traditional students seeking to expand their knowledge bases and problem solving approaches in addressing the myriad of problems in the everyday life of rural communities.
The MRPP curriculum consists of thirty-six (36) credit hours. The program’s core courses consist of twelve (12) credit hours whereby students are required to complete six (6) credit hours of research and statistics, six (6) credit hours of thesis or six (6) credit hours of practicum, twelve (12) credit hours in the area of specialization which includes three (3) credit hours of recommended electives.The program has three areas of specialization namely: rural health policy, nonprofit policy, and social and economic policy.
Applicants to the Master of Arts in Rural Public Policy and Planning Program must be admitted both to the College of Graduate Studies and the degree program. To be eligible for admission, applicants must hold a bachelor degree from an accredited institution and meet the basic requirements for graduate admission at MVSU that includes:
Students who show academic promise but fail to meet the requirements based on the aforementioned indicators may be admitted on a provisional basis. Students will be required to complete nine (9)hours toward the degree while on provisional status, and must earn a minimum of a “B” or above in each class. After the provisional period, the faculty will review the student’s progress and determine if he or she should be allowed to continue. Those students who are allowed to continue will then be unconditionally admitted to the program.
Non-degree seeking students initially permitted to take graduate courses are allowed to take up to nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit after which they may apply for regular admission. The nine (9) semester hours taken as non-degree seeking may be applied to the program.
MVSU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(SACS). The program is compiling data that will be used to apply for the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) accreditation review after its five years of its existence.
For application materials or program-specific information, interested candidates should contact:
The Department of Graduate Studies, (662) 254-3439 or Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Rural Public Policy and Planning, (662) 254-3352/7.
For general information contact: MVSU Admissions and Recruitment Office, 662-254-3347.