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Department of Public Policy and Administration
College of Liberal Arts


PPAD is the historically principal unit at Jackson State University which educates persons primarily for careers in the fields of public management and policy analysis and for service in public, non-profit and “quasi-public” organizations. Concomitantly, it is also the mission of the Department to serve as a resource to the Jackson State community, the State of Mississippi, the nation and developing areas throughout the world.

International Students

Jackson State University is home to many international students. Our graduate programs attract students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds from all over the world. A prospective student who is not a US citizen applying for admission to Jackson State University as a graduate student must apply for admission by March 1, for Fall enrollment; October 1, for Spring enrollment; and March 15, for Summer enrollment. Please contact JSU Global: Contact Us with any questions you may have concerning application and admission requirements.


General admission requirements

1. Application for Admission. Click here to access the Online Graduate School Application.

2. $25 application fee paid online or by cheque or money order. Applications will not be processed without payment of the application fee. Click here to pay online.

3. A satisfactory TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS score must be submitted or proof of successful completion of ESLI for all international student applicants from non-English speaking countries. Minimum Scores: TOEFL = 69; IELTS = 6.5

4. Certified, translated copies of all transcripts, mark sheets, and diplomas direct from all college(s)and universities attended. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Division of Graduate Studies.

Division of Graduate Studies

Jackson State University

1400 J.R. Lynch Street

P.O. Box 17095

Jackson, MS 39217 USA

5. Certified Declaration of Financial Support on file in the Division of International Studies. Please contact the International Programs Office. or the International Programs Office 

Jackson State University

1400 J.R. Lynch Street

P.O. Box 17103

Jackson, MS 39217 USA


6. Immunization Records showing proof of immunization compliance for measles, mumps, and rubella, if born after Dec. 1957 are required. Click on the Health Services website for additional information. Immunization Records should be sent to:

Health Services Center
Jackson State University
1400 J.R. Lynch Street
P.O. Box 17097
Jackson, MS  39217  USA
Telephone: 601-979-2260

Departmental Requirements

1. Special application forms and materials are required for some departments with three letters of recommendation. Please visit the Department website for additional information. Click Departments for details.

2. Applicants must complete all departmental requirements prior to an admission decision.


Other Requirements

1. The student will receive an I-20 document, issued from the International Programs Office, in order to apply for a student visa from their country of origin. Please visit the JSU Global website.

2. Please contact an international admissions advisor in the Division of Graduate Studies at: JSU Global Contact








Student Organizations




For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-8783.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



Dept. of Public Policy and Administration
College of Public Service
Jackson State University
101 W. Capitol St. 
Jackson, MS 39201


(601) 979-8783 or
Gloria Billingsley, Associate Professor @ 601-979-8784 or
Johnny B. Gilleylen, Sr.Dept. Chair @ 601-979-8786