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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.

Prospective Students

High school students are encouraged to apply for admission and financial aid in January of their senior year. The earlier applications are received, the earlier students will be notified of admission and financial aid decisions. 

Prospective students interested in enrolling at Jackson State University can visit the Office of Admissions webpage for more information: here



Undergraduate academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts are accredited by the National
Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the
National Council of Teachers of English/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The Master’s in Public Policy and Administration is accredited by the National Association of
Schools of Public Administration. The doctoral program in clinical psychology, accredited by the
American Psychological Association, is one of only two doctoral clinical psychology programs
accredited at a historically black college/university.



The College of Liberal Arts possesses a variety of resources to enhance the educational
experiences and development of its students. These resources include but are not
limited to JSUTV, WJSU FM, JSU art galleries, the Blue & White Flash newspaper, and numerous
student organizations, societies, and groups.

What To Expect

Curriculum and General Requirements


Looking for a way to pay for your tenure at Jackson State University? Fear not! We are here to help. Browse Scholarships in our Scholarship Portal to see what you qualify for today.

Graduate Assistantships

The Division of Graduate Studies and the Program of Public Policy and Administration provide a limited number of graduate assistantships. The assistantships pay in-state tuition and a stipend for the academic year. The monthly stipend does not cover out-of-state fees, housing, transportation and food. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 9 hours credit to qualify.


A monthly stipend can be earned through internship placement. For information, contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Ester Stokes at

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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