Admission is competitive and is open to all students holding a bachelor’s degree in any major. Applicants must have a minimum 3.00 GPA, 2 letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and a short analytic writing sample. Foreign students, who are non-native English speakers, must also pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
Only one class, POLS 5000, may be taken prior to full admission into the program with permission of the MPA director.
Plan B (non-thesis)
Thirty-nine hours of graduate credit, to include:
- 24 hours of core credit,
- 15 hours of approved elective credit.
Significant administrative experience is required of all M.P.A. graduates. If the M.P.A. student has little or no administrative experience an internship is required and will be included as 3 hours of the required elective credits.
Students entering the M.P.A. Program are expected to possess basic computer literacy, and to have access to a computer for such purposes as communicating with professors via e-mail, receiving M.P.A. Program memos, conducting research on the Web, retrieving articles from course documents libraries, working on course projects, and for conducting interactive/electronic class discussion.
Students must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.000.