Frequently Asked Questions


how much IS tuition and how can I pay for it?

Wondering about costs for in-state and out-of-state students?  Learn about our MPA Tuition & Fees.

You can finance your education through scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and/or loans. There are both internal and external sources of funding available. The Graduate School offers Graduate Assistantships, and our program offers two scholarships. For more information on assistance, please visit our scholarships and assistantships pages.

is the MPA program accredited? NASPAA

Yes! Our MPA Program is accredited by the Network of Schools for Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the global standard in public service education.

how do i begin the application process?

Please make sure you review the admissions requirements for our program before applying.

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Do i have to choose an area of specialization?

No. Many students decide to enroll in elective courses that help advance their career goals. However, our program does offer a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and a concentration in criminal justice. For more information, contact Dr. Hatcher.

how are mpa classes delivered?

The MPA Program offers most courses in the traditional classroom setting. Students have the option to take a limited number of courses in an online or hybrid format. We currently offer all of our core, required courses in the classroom during the evening hours. The program is designed for working professionals.

how long will it take me to complete the mpa degree?

The program consist of 36 hours (12 courses). There are eight required courses (24 hours); an internship for students who lack significant public or nonprofit work experience (3 hours); and three electives courses (9 hours). Students who qualify may receive permission to waive the internship and take an additional elective course. Full-time students take three classes a semester, and they generally complete the internship the summer between their first and second year. The program can be completed in two years with continuous full-time enrollment. If a student elects to enroll part-time, the program can be completed in two and a half years with continuous enrollment.

When students are admitted to the program, the MPA Director will help them plan a schedule for completing the degree.

How many enrolled students complete the program?

Historically, most of our students have worked full-time and complete our program by taking two classes per semester. Since our program was created, 59 percent of enrolled students have graduated. The data below show the completion rate for the cohort of 15 students, who entered the program during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Program Completion Numbers and Percentages: Fall 2011-Spring 2012 Cohort
Initially enrolled Graduated in 2 Years Graduated within 3 years Graduated within 4 years
17 9 12 12
100% 53% 71% 71%

where do your students go on to work?

Our graduates work in many jobs within public service The table below presents job placement statistics for MPA graduates from 2012-2015. The employment categories listed are outlined by our accrediting body, the Network of Schools for Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Employment Statistics for MPA Graduates, 2012-2015
Employment Sectors 2012-2013 Graduates      2013-2014 Graduates      2014-2015 Graduates 2105-2106 Graduates

National or central government

0%

0%

10%

10%

State, provincial or regional government

22%

36%

40%

20%

City, county, or other local government

22%

18%

20%

30%

Nonprofit domestic-oriented

11%

9%

10%

10%

Obtaining further education

22%

18%

10%

10%

Military service

22%

0%

0%

0%

Status unknown

0%

18%

10%

20%

Total number 9 11 10 10

 

For more detailed information about the program, please review our most recent NASPAA self-study.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Hatcher.