MPA Student Resources

MPA Handbook

This document provides students with guidelines for pursuing the MPA degree, MPA program requirements, and information on the Practicum, exit exam, and financial assistance. It also highlights student awards, student advising, and other student resources.

Download the Handbook


Conference Travel Support Form

The department offers a limited number of travel awards to Public Administration students to attend widely-recognized academic conferences to present research. Students who have a paper or other research presentation accepted for a conference can apply for the PA Conference Travel Support Award. Each student can receive a maximum of $500 per academic year to cover conference and travel-related costs, such as registration fee, airfare, lodging, and food. 

The student receiving the travel support must:

  • complete conference registration and present a research proposal to department faculty prior to the conference
  • submit all receipts and documents within 30 days of the conference conclusion in order to be reimbursed
  • schedule airfare reservations with the department through the LSU-approved travel agency, Christopherson Business Travel

Students are also encouraged to apply for conference-sponsored financial aid such as a registration fee waiver or discount, scholarships, fellowships, and travel stipends. LSU also provides travel awards to qualified graduate students: Graduate Student Association Travel Award.

To apply for support from the department, Public Administration students must submit 1) a formal letter or email of proposal acceptance from conference organizers, 2) a completed PA Conference Travel Support Form, and 3) an attachment of the breakdown of requested costs to for consideration.

Download the Conference Travel Support Form


Graduate Assistant Application Form

To be considered for a graduate assistantship in the MPA Program, students must submit this completed form to before July 1. Graduate Assistant position offers will be made in the summer prior to the student’s fall start. Only students who have been admitted to the on-campus MPA program and have submitted the graduate assistant application form are considered. 

Download the Graduate Assistant Application Form


Elective Approval for Non-PADM Courses

All students are required to take nine credits of electives in the MPA program. While PADM electives are offered, they are not required. Depending on the student’s career and educational goals, they can take their required elective credits in other departments.

Elective courses must be at least a 4000-level course, taught by a member of the graduate faculty, and approved by the PA department as complementary to the student’s MPA degree. 

For non-PADM courses to count for required elective credits, students can request course approval by submitting this completed form to

Elective Approval for Non-PADM Courses Form

PADM 7852- Practicum

Students will link coursework to real world experience through a practicum along with required enrollment in PADM 7852- Practicum. If you are currently working in the public sector, you'll complete the practicum coursework using your current job. Pre-service students will acquire and complete an internship.

To register for this course, students must submit the completed Practicum form, a letter from their employer or internship offer letter, and a position description, including description of duties, to

Practicum Form


PADM 7800- Independent Study Form

Students may enroll in PADM 7800 Independent Study with approval from the department. They must meet and discuss their research proposal for this course with their intended faculty advisor. Taking on PADM 7800 students is at the discretion of the faculty member, although students who have had preliminary discussions with their intended faculty advisor may submit a completed form to

Students looking to enroll in PADM 7800 must have an approved research project and at least 15 credit hours of graduate work. The Public Administration department will only approve a maximum of three credit hours per semester for PADM 7800 credit. 

Download the PADM 7800- Independent Study Form