The MPA degree requires that students successfully complete 42 semester hours of coursework (does not include internship), which is divided between:
• 27 hours of core courses
• 15 hours of electives. Students are encouraged (not required) to structure their electives around a particular administrative skill, governmental program, policy area, or a particular level of government. For a list of possible areas of interest, please visit the Courses & Concentration Areas page. Elective courses may be taken in another graduate program.
Students without at least one year of appropriate public/nonprofit administrative
experience must successfully complete a semester-long, full-time equivalent, paid
internship for which they enroll for an additional 3 credit hours. The MPA Director
and MPA Program Manager will determine if the student has proper experience. Work
experience in the private sector will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Students
will write a 2-3 page paper asking to waive the internship requirement. This paper
must be received before the student begins the program.
Major Research Paper (MRP)
All students must complete a Major Research Paper (MRP).