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MPA Program

The Department of Public Administration offers all its MPA courses on a Fixed Course Schedule, which allows students to complete the MPA requirements anytime between two and seven years, depending on the student's individual preferences of the number of courses taken per semester (See Sample Plans).

Certainly! Students have the flexibility to create their own plan, but in consultation with an MPA faculty or the department academic associate, Jenny Davies.

  • The PA Department accepts applications throughout the year; there are no deadlines.
  • Students may enroll at the beginning of the fall, spring or summer sessions.
  • No! GRE and GMAT are not required for admission in the MPA program. 
  • Those test scores are not always the best predictors of a student's ability to complete the MPA degree.
  • Yes! International students must demonstrate evidence of English proficiency (TOEFL), as well as meet other admission requirements (see here).
  • No! In fact, MPA students possess a wide variety of undegraduate majors, including public administration, business administration, economics, environmental affairs, foreign languages, biological sciences, sociology, religion, history, math, psychology, geography, etc.
  • Yes, it is valid since 09/08/2005: Credit for courses which have been taken within seven years of acceptance into the MPA program, and have been approved by the faculty, will be applied to the student's record. 
  • Courses taken more than seven years after acceptance into the MPA program, but no more than ten years after acceptance, will be considered by the faculty only under exceptional circumstances. 
  • Courses taken more than ten years after acceptance into the MPA program will not be considered for credit under any circumstances.
  • For information about the transfer of credits department policy, please contact the PA Department Chair. 
  • Also, check the Graduate Studies' website about FAQ on pre-admission and other questions.

MPA Degree

  • "Putting the letters "MPA" after your name (e.g., Jim Peters, MPA) will set you apart in the job market. Employers look for distinctive charactersitics in applicants, and they will recognize the degree. When an HR manager has 30 seconds to review a cover letter, this could make a big difference. Simply adding those three letters instantly signals the skills and knowledge you have gained. Use the designation on online profiles such as LinkedIn, in your email 'sinature', resume, and professional letters." (NASPAA)
  • "Both an MPA and an MBA degree offer advanced management courses as part of their core curriculum. An MPA degree, while still flexible enough to apply to the private sector (where many graduates work), is a degree focused for a career in public service. If you want a career in a government agency, in a non-profit organization, in a healthcare organization, in other public service organizations, or in a philanthropic institution, an MPA degree is ideal." (NASPAA)

"The MPA is a flexible professional degree for these interested in managing, leading, and most of all: serving the public. Deciding to pursue an MPA is a strategic way of ensuring you have a master's degree that is fulfilling and practical. MPA graduates are found in a variety of fields and policy areas across all career sectors. And since the arena of public service is so vast, the degree will enable you to synthesize and transfer all of your education, volunteer work, and professional experience into a meaningful career." (NASPAA)

HCM Certificate

  • The program can be completed quickly in one year or one can take up to four years. 
  • Courses are offered in fall, spring, summer, and interim semesters.
  • Prospective students are accepted throughout the year and may enroll at the beginning of fall, spring or summer semesters.
  • Courses in Category A are offered face-to-face (5 Saturdays per semester). MPA 729 is offered in fall semester; MPA 773 & MPA 762 are offered in spring semester. 
  • All Category B courses are offered completely online. MPA 750 Strategic Planning may also be offered face-to-face (5 Saturdays per semester) or hybrid (2-3 Saturdays per semester) in fall semester.
  • Yes. All required course credits (Category A) are transferrable towards a Master of Public Administration or a Master of Business Administration with healthcare administration emphasis. 
  • All courses are delivered entirely online and rely on asynchronous discussion and collaboration as the principle form of communication. Via a Web-based system (D2L), class members interact extensively with one another and the instructor. Students participate anytime day or night, when their schedules allow, while still meeting due dates for assignments. There are no required campus visits.
  • Please see the Tuition and Fees for Graduate and MBA program. For further clarification, please contact the College of Nursing at (920) 424-3089 and the College of Business at (920) 424-3199.
  • Matriculation into the HCM certificate program does not require a GRE score from potential students.
  • Yes, you may elect to take a single class to see if it meets your expectations by applying to the program as a credit non-degree special student. See the Non-Degree Seeking Students information.
  • We do not accept transfer credit from another institution into the HCM Certificate program.
  • Yes, with adviser's permission.
 
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