Is there an MPA information packet available?

This web site contains all available program and admissions information. If you have questions, call 607-777-2719 or e-mail us for more information.

How many pages should I write to answer the question, "Why do you want an MPA?"

Write a response approximately two (2) pages long reflecting your best writing ability as well as your commitment to public service.

How much does it cost to study in the MPA Program?

See information on graduate tuition and fees at the graduate school website.

Can I work full time while I study?

Many of our students are employed full time or are "in career.” You should plan to spend at least 12 hours per week writing, studying and preparing for each course you take.

Is the orientation for new MPA students mandatory?

Yes, the orientation is mandatory for all new MPA students. Orientation provides you with the opportunity for registration advisement and also gives you essential information you'll need to be a success in the program. We respect the fact that many students are in career and may have to rearrange work schedules to attend meetings, which is why we schedule very few mandatory meetings throughout your program of study.

What is the difference between and MBA and an MPA? What kinds of jobs can I get with an MPA?

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) website has a great deal of helpful information about the benefits of an MPA degree.

How should I prepare for the MPA program as an undergraduate? What kinds of classes should I take?

Classes in political science, economics, human development and American government are all good preparation for an MPA degree, although we have many students with humanities, business and other backgrounds as well.

I'm a non-matriculated student. How do I register for MPA courses?

See the Non-Matriculated Students Information Form (.pdf, 43.5kb) and course request form for details.

Last Updated: 8/5/16