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  Dec 15, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Master of Public Administration, M.P.A.


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Evening MPA Program

Executive MPA Program

Combined Degree Options

Dual Certificate Options

Master Requirements

 

Public Administration
www.mpa.utah.edu
332 South 1400 East, Bldg 73 Rm 236, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
801-581-6781

Minimum Evening MPA Master Hours: 42

The MPA Evening Program is designed for the working professional. Students are able to select their own concentration, and choose their own pace for courses typically offered one night per week (per course) from 6-9 p.m.  Depending on how many courses a student takes per semester, this degree can be completed in two years, but might take as long as four years.

Admission Requirements:

Students are admitted into the Evening MPA program for fall semester, which starts in August. Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission (deadlines: Feb. 1 for evening):

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Pre-requisite American Government should be completed before beginning the program. Must have completed with a C or better, a “PASS” if taken pass/fail or a 45 or higher if taken as a CLEP exam. 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 the institution where taken), but Advanced Placement courses will not count.
  • Compiled a grade point average of 3.2 or higher in undergraduate work. Some exceptions will be made based on career experience and length of time between undergraduate degree and MPA application.
  • Submit official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Millers Analogy Test (MAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The MPA Program looks at percentile ranks, rather than raw scores with the requirement being in the 50th % or higher. Students who already have a post graduate degree do not need to take a graduate entrance test.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit a TOEFL score. The TOEFL requirement for the MPA Program is 580 PB or 92 IB.
  • Submit three recommendation letters (professional and/or academic only; if student has graduated within past two years, at least one letter must be from an academic reference)
  • Submit a letter of intent
  • Submit a resume
  • Establish eligibility for admission to graduate standing at the University of Utah - UofU Admissions
  • MPA Application Checklist

Graduation Requirements:

  • Complete 42 hours of coursework (does not include internship)
  • Complete or waive required internship
  • Complete Major Research Paper
  • Submit the MPA Graduation Form and email it to Sandy Hiskey by the application due date the semester you plan to graduate
  • Submit an application for graduate degree two semesters prior to graduation
  • Additional graduation requirement information, click here
 
Public Administration
www.mpa.utah.edu
Orson Spencer Hall 214
801-581-6781

Minimum Executive MPA Master Hours: 42

The Executive MPA is designed for students with at least five years of middle-to-upper level administrative experience in public, nonprofit and/or private organizations. Administrative experience ranges from program management to employee management to policy research to teaching to financial oversight, etc. Students are encouraged to meet with MPA program staff to determine eligibility for the Executive program. Our cohorts include students from a variety of undergraduate and graduate majors, as well as career backgrounds that include local government, state and federal government, nonprofits, educational organizations and private companies.

Students take one course at a time in an intensive format that finishes in just over two years. Three courses will take place during week-long formats, running 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. These week long courses are spread out with each occurring during one of the three summers that fall in the program. The other nine courses take place every other weekend (Friday from 5:30-8:30/9 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) for four weekends. Students progress through the program as a cohort and the area of concentration is designed specifically for Executive MPA students: Advanced Public Management.

Students who fail to complete their degree in the Executive MPA may transfer to the Evening MPA program if they are in academic good standing.

Admission Requirements:

Students are admitted into the Executive MPA program for fall semester, which starts in August. Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission (deadlines: review for the executive begins April 1 and concludes June 30):

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Pre-requisite American Government should be completed before beginning the program. Must have completed with a C or better, a “PASS” if taken pass/fail or a 45 or higher if taken as a CLEP exam. 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 the institution where taken), but Advanced Placement courses will not count.
  • Compiled a grade point average of 3.2 or higher in undergraduate work. Some exceptions will be made based on career experience and length of time between undergraduate degree and MPA application.
  • Submit official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Millers Analogy Test (MAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The MPA Program looks at percentile ranks, rather than raw scores with the requirement being in the 50th % or higher. Students who already have a post graduate degree do not need to take a graduate entrance test.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit a TOEFL score. The TOEFL requirement for the MPA Program is 580 PB or 92 IB.
  • Submit three recommendation letters (professional and/or academic only)
  • Submit a letter of intent
  • Submit a resume
  • Establish eligibility for admission to graduate standing at the University of Utah - UofU Admissions
  • MPA Application Checklist

Graduation Requirements:

  • Complete 42 hours of coursework (does not include internship)
  • Complete or waive required internship
  • Complete Major Research Paper
  • Submit the MPA Graduation Form and email it to Sandy Hiskey by the application due date the semester you plan to graduate
  • Submit an application for graduate degree two semesters prior to graduation
  • Further graduation requirement information, click here

Combined Degrees:

This degree has combined degree options with Master of Public Health , Juris Doctor, Master of Health Administration , Social Work, M.S.W , Social Work, Ph.D. , or Educational Leadership and Policy, Ph.D.  Click on the name to view more information. (if applicable)

Click here to view FAQ’s, agreements, or planning worksheets for a combined degree option.

Dual Certificates:

This degree has dual certificate options with Urban Planning Certificate , Historic Preservation Certificate , Real Estate Development Certificate , Urban Design Certificate , Demography Certificate , Disability Studies Certificate , or Gerontology Certificate . Click on the name to view more information. (if applicable)

Master Requirements:

 

Master Requirements for Evening Master of Public Administration


Core Courses


Concentration Electives


Complete 15 elective credit hours in areas of concentration including criminal justice, education, health administration, local government administration, natural resource administration, nonprofit organizations, policy analysis, public human resource management, and an open-ended option (you may develop an area not named above by combining courses from several areas or by forming a different area from various relevant courses taught at the University).

Please Note: Courses in the areas of concentration may be drawn from various departments and colleges. Please send a copy of the syllabus to the program manager for approval. The program manager will determine if the course fits under one of the concentrations and has a tie to public administration.

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Internship


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.

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Major Research Paper/Thesis


The MRP is a scholarly paper, normally 20-25 pages in length, written by all MPA students at the U to show they are capable of conducting thorough research and analysis on a topic within the field. Students must successfully complete PADMN 6289 - Research Design for Public Administrators prior to beginning their MRPs.

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Master Requirements for Executive Master of Public Administration


Core Courses


Advanced Public Management Concentration Electives


 Complete 15 elective credit hours in the advanced public management area of concentration.

Major Research Paper/Thesis


The MRP is a scholarly paper, normally 20-25 pages in length, written by all MPA students at the U to show they are capable of conducting thorough research and analysis on a topic within the field. Students must successfully complete PADMN 6289 - Research Design for Public Administrators prior to beginning their MRPs.

For further information, click here.

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