What is a MPA Degree?

A Master of Public Administration degree develops the skill-set and knowledge needed to work in public and not-of-profit administrations. The skills obtained from a MPA aids graduates in employment at government bureaus, charities, public art institutes, or hospitals. These offices require knowledge in the dynamics of the communities in which they operate. The knowledge gained from graduating a MPA program will reflect in the ethical management and organizational skills.

Why enroll in a MPA Degree?

If you are thinking of gaining employment in federal, state or local government, nonprofit organizations, public safety, social services, or hospital administration you will need this degree. A Masters of Public Administration degree will develop the graduates leadership skills needed to succeed in public administration in any of these offices. MPA degrees signify distinct achievement and proficiency in academic accomplishments in the public service sector and will get you noticed.

What are the requirements for enrolling in a MPA program?

Depending on the school of choice, some of the requirements to enroll in a MPA program are:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official copies of all transcripts
  • A current resume
  • Statement of interest expressing experience, career goals and education objectives
  • Proven English language proficiency
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Some schools require taking either: Graduate Record Examination-GRE, Graduate Management Aptitude Test-
  • GMAT, or Miller Analogy Test-MAT

How much will MPA Degree cost?

The cost of this degree varies per school for residents and non-residents. Tuition usually does not include lodging, meals, books and supplies. Therefore, on top of the estimated $80,000 to $100,000 in tuition costs, there are going to be additional expenses incurred as well.

What you can expect in a MPA program?

Students can expect to have practical hands-on learning in real-world problem solving skills. Graduates will be able to recommend improvement techniques and solve problematic issues for the government, health, private, public, and non-profit sectors.

How long will it take to graduate?

MPA degrees can take on average, up to two years to complete for a full-time schedule. Campuses offering part-time classes will take longer for students to graduate. In addition, some schools require extra time for a thesis. Online programs at certain schools may take a little over two years to complete.

What type of classes?

Classes required to complete a MPA differ per campus, but these are examples of the types of core classes in the program:

  • Quantitative Techniques
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Organizational Theory and Management
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Economic Analysis and Institutions
  • Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager
  • Capstone in Public Administration
  • Administrative Theory
  • Urban policy and administration

Most schools require students to choose only approved electives that pertain to the field or concentration (e.g. non-profit, public or private administration). Also, an internship may be mandatory if the required amount of experience is not met before starting the program.

What should you consider before attending a MPA program?

There are a few things to consider before enrolling in a MPA program. For example, is financial aid needed, are the prerequisites met, the cost of tuition, supplies, and fees, along with housing and transportation.

What to do next?

If a Masters of Public Administration degree fits into the plans for your future, fill out the short form to find the right school for you and have someone contact you with further information.

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