If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Meares.

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.

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.

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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. Meares.

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.

The program consists of 36 hours (12 courses). There are seven required courses (21 hours); an internship for students who lack significant public or nonprofit work experience (3 hours); and four electives courses (12 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.

MPA Enrollment Fall 2014-Spring 2021

Historically, most of our students have worked full-time and completed our program by taking two classes per semester. Since 2013, 78 percent of enrolled students have completed the program. Below are the completion rates for two recent cohorts. For the Fall 2012-Spring 2013 cohort, 8 out of 10 (80 percent) completed the program, and for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 cohort, 7 out of 12 students (58%) completed the program.

Program Completion Numbers and Percentages: Fall 2013-Spring 2014Cohort

Initially enrolled Graduated in 2 Years Graduated within 3 years Graduated within 4 years
12 3 7 7
100% 25% 58% 58%

Program Completion Numbers and Percentages: Fall 2014-Spring 2015Cohort

Initially enrolled Graduated in 2 Years Graduated within 3 years Graduated within 4 years
9 8 8 8
100% 89% 89% 89%

Our graduates work in many jobs within public service. The table below presents job placement statistics for MPA graduates from 2012-2017. The employment categories listed are outlined by our accrediting body, the Network of Schools for Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

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

Employment Statistics for MPA Graduates, 2013-2019

Employment Sectors 2013-2014 Graduates      2014-2015 Graduates 2015-2016 Graduates 2016-2017 Graduates 2017-2018 Graduates 2018-2019 Graduates

National or central government

0%

10%

10%

17%

0%

8%

State, provincial or regional government

36%

40%

20%

33%

27%

32%

City, county, or other local government

18%

20%

30%

8%

0%

16%

Nonprofit domestic-oriented

9%

10%

10%

8%

27%

12%

Obtaining further education

18%

10%

10%

17%

9%

8%

Military service

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

Status unknown

18%

10%

20%

0%

0%

8%

Private Sector

0%

0%

0%


25%

36%

16%
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