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 Master of Public Administration Program Data

  • Information about enrollment numbers, graduation rates, completion rates, demographics, and graduate employment rates can be found in the MPA Academic Profile.
    Students without significant work experience in public administration are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. Working closely with the Program Coordinator and the Office of Career Services will assure that the internship placement will best meet your future career needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): 

How many credit hours are required for degree completion?

The Academic Catalog provides the current program details on course work and total credit hours.

How long will it take me to complete this degree?  Courses are scheduled on-campus, online, and at external sites so that a full time student (enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per term) could complete the program in seven semesters. 

Can I “fast-track” to complete the degree in less time?

Students who believe they have substantial experience that could contribute to a quicker route toward program completion should arrange a meeting with the Program Coordinator to discuss the possibility.

 Where can I work with my MPA? 

 Here's a breakdown of where GSU MPA grads found employment: 

Placement Status20152016201720182019
National or central government in the same country as the program11020
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program11034
City, County, or other local government in the same country as the program22000
Government not in the same country as the program (all levels) or international quasi-governmental00000
Nonprofit domestic-oriented22310
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented00000
Private Sector - Research/Consulting03000
Private Sector but not research/ consulting30020
Obtaining further education00110
Military Service00000
Unemployed (not seeking employment)00010
Unemployed (seeking employment)00000
Status Unknown00010

What are the program completion rates?

Of the 26 students who started the MPA program in Academic Year 2015-2016, more than 75% of students attempted six or fewer credit hours in their first semester, making them part-time. Students pursuing a degree part-time are expected to complete within five years.  For the 26 students who started in the academic year 2015-2016, one (1) student completed within two years, and three (3) students completed with four years. Currently, twelve (12) students who began the program in Academic Year 2015-2016 are actively pursuing their degree at Governors State University.


Dr. Mary Bruce
Full Professor, Division of Arts and Letters
Program Coordinator
Office Location: C3335A

Bryce Johnsen
Senior Academic Advisor
708-235-7527 email for appointments
Office Location: D34150A