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MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

The Master of Public Administration Degree (MPA) is open to all students who hold any baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences for graduate admission.  In addition, students must undergo an interview with a committee of at least two faculty members to complete the admission process.

The MPA consists of 42 SCH and students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in all 42 SCH in the major for graduation. Students will take 33 of these hours in 11 required core classes in the Department of Public Affairs and Social Research and 9 SCH of supporting elective hours, which may include courses offered by other colleges with advisor approval. There is no minor; thus students should choose electives that build upon the core. Students pursuing the MPA degree as an additional master’s degree may obtain the degree upon successful completion of the required core classes and by substituting hours attained in the first master’s program for the 9 SCH of elective hours. 

Students are required to begin the program with the foundational courses including Survey of Public Affairs and Administration and Advanced Methods of Social Research. Subsequent courses will be taken based solely on advisement and in a manner that will help students to derive most benefit from the program. Students will have to complete all required courses before they can take the MPA comprehensive examination. Required courses may not be substituted.

1Prerequisite for all required courses.
2
Prerequisite for all required core courses: cross-listed with CRIJ 5320 and SOCI 5322.
3
Required for students with two or more years experience in the public sector.
4
Required for students with less than two years of experience in the public sector.

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