MPA Degree Requirements
How long will it take me to complete the MPA degree?
The program consists of 36 hours (12 courses). There are eight required courses (24 hours); and three elective courses (9 hours). Full time students take three classes a semester (fall and spring). The program can be completed in two and a half years with continuous full-time enrollment. If a student elects to enroll part-time, the program can be completed in three to four years, depending upon how many courses are taken per semester and whether the student takes classes in the summer.
- 36 total hours needed to complete the degree (excluding deficiencies or prerequisites)
- 24 hours of required courses
- 9 hours of electives
- 3 hours of Capstone.
- All masters students must include at least 15 hours of courses numbered 6000 or above in their programs of study.
|PADM 6001||Research Methods in Public Administration|
|PADM 6010||The Profession of Public Administration|
|URBN 5140||Citizen Participation|
|PADM 6110||Public Budgeting|
|PADM 6160||Law and Ethics in Public Administration|
|PADM 6401||Administrative Behavior|
|AADM 6621||Grant Writing|
|PADM 6201||Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation|
This is an applied project completed while enrolled in PADM 6901 (Capstone).
1. For students with a bachelor's degree: A competitive applicant to our program will have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 from a well-respected university (the graduate school requires a minimum of 2.5 to be considered for admission to the grad school), three strong letters of recommendation from academic sources, and a strong statement of purpose.
2. For students with another master's degree: A competitive applicant to our program will have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 from a well-respected university, three strong letters of recommendation from academic sources, and a strong statement of purpose.
The MPA program offers specializations in Nonprofit leadership (NPL) and Hazard Policy.