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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 Status20142015201620172018
National or central government in the same country as the program11102
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program11103
City, County, or other local government in the same country as the program92200
Government not in the same country as the program (all levels) or international quasi-governmental00000
Nonprofit domestic-oriented32231
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented00000
Private Sector - Research/Consulting00300
Private Sector but not research/ consulting63002
Obtaining further education00011
Military Service00000
Unemployed (not seeking employment)00001
Unemployed (seeking employment)10000
Status Unknown20001

What are the program completion rates?

Of the 40 students who started the MPA program in Academic Year 2013-2014, 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 will be expected to complete within five years.   For the 40 students who started in 2013-2014, two completed within three years and 14 completed within four years.   Currently, three students who began the program in  Academic Year 2013-2014 are actively pursuing their degree at Governors State University.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Susan Gaffney, at 708.235.7626
Academic Advisor: Jennifer Taylor at 708.534.4931