MPA Degree Requirements
American Government Pre-requisite
Pre-requisite American Government should be completed before beginning the program. Must complete with a "C" or better, a "PASS" if taken pass-fail or a 50 or above if taken as a CLEP exam (if you do take the CLEP exam, please make sure to ask for a printed copy of your score that you can send to the MPA Program). A short course for this requirement is offered every fall by the MPA. Courses similar to the curriculum of POLS 1100 may be considered in place of POLS 1100 (the MPA Program will need documentation such as a syllabus or note with course description from institution where taken), but BYU's American Heritage will not count. Advanced Placement American Government (AP Government) will satisfy the pre-requisite so long as you recieved academic credit and can submit a transcript with the appropriate credits.
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).
To be eligible for graduation, students are required to first submit the MPA Graduation Form, and then submit the Application for Graduation. The application is due two semesters before graduation and no earlier than one year before graduation.