Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies

Faculty 2016

Department Faculty & Staff

Thank you for your interest in the Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies (IPNS).  The department offers a number of graduate and undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs

Whether you are considering the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program or the online Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management, the IPNS has much to offer, including:

  • Small seminar classes at the graduate level, premised on a cohort-learning model;
  • Classes integrating theory and practice, providing practical, €˜real world€™ knowledge and experience;
  • Concentrated programs of study, ensuring the development of concrete managerial skills coupled with the ability to focus on a defined area of concentration;
  • Curriculum designed to be completed in about two years (MPA), with classes taught primarily in the evening;
  • Dedicated faculty and staff committed to student development and success;
  • Paid Graduate Assistantships and other financial assistance; and
  • Network of Georgia Southern University MPA alumni.

The MPA program is one of the largest graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS).  The MPA program is a NASPAA accredited degree program.  Further, the MPA program has been ranked as one of the best graduate programs in Public Affairs by U.S. News & World Report and one of the nation’s most affordable by the College Affordability Guide.  Through the IPNS, the MPA program is also a member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), which is comprised of academic programs and institutions committed to furthering research and education in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

The MPA program alumni are nearly 700 strong and counting!  Our graduates go on to successful careers in local, state, and federal government, the nonprofit arena, and the private sector, with others finding success in doctoral studies or law school.

The Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management is intended for in-service career professionals in public and nonprofit management who have an interest in furthering their managerial acumen through outstanding web-based instruction.  The five course sequence integrates public administration theory with practice, providing practical, real world knowledge and experience.  The entire curriculum is offered online and was developed with an eye toward meeting the needs of busy professionals.  Additionally, those completing the certificate may elect to apply the credits earned toward completion of the MPA degree.

As a member of the MPA or online Certificate programs, you will become part of an active student body.  The MPA program’s student association (MPASA) hosts speaking events, engages in professional development and volunteering activities, and serves as an important link between the student body and the faculty.  We also encourage undergraduate students who are taking courses in Public Administration or are considering applying to the MPA program to participate in any of these activities.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students have the option to pursue a Concentration in Public Administration through the University’s Bachelor of General Studies programs or the Minor in Public Administration (open to ALL majors).  Both programs are intended to provide students with a comprehensive overview of public and nonprofit management and public policy, with careful attention being paid to issues such as administrative law, policy implementation and evaluation, budgeting and finance, leadership, nonprofit sector management, and managerial innovation.

Whether you are looking to pursue a career in public or nonprofit management or are a mid-career professional seeking advanced training, the dedicated IPNS faculty will continually challenge you to reach past your current skills in the pursuit of excellence.  Similarly, it is a passion for teaching and the public administration profession that drives the faculty to improve our academic programs.  We are very proud of our programs, our students, and our alumni, and are humbled by the role we play in training the next generation of public service professionals.  As you consider your options, I invite you to contact me if you have any questions regarding studies in Public Administration.  You may reach me at or (912) 478-1400.


Trenton J. Davis, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Associate Professor and Director

Last updated: 7/24/2017

INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT STUDIES • P.O. Box 8048 • Statesboro, Georgia • (912) 478-1400