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Master in public administration (mpa)



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Tel.: (+380-44) 289-3952 / 289-3953

edusa@americancouncils.org.ua

www.americancouncils.org.ua

MASTER IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MPA):

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1. Should YOU be interested?

Are you committed to bettering your neighbourhood, your community, your country? Interested in serving the public? Dedicated to improving the human condition through public service? Are you civic minded?


2. What kinds of students are enrolled in MPA programs?

The MPA program serves a diverse student clientele. Some are mid-career professionals in the public or non-profit sector, some are looking for opportunities to change their career paths, and some have recently completed their undergraduate studies and realize the need for professional training to launch successful careers.


^ 3. What about MPA program financial assistance?

University Fellowships are frequently awarded through competitions conducted at the universities.

Graduate Assistantships are awarded at the program level and at the discretion of the Program Director. They are normally awarded on an academic year basis beginning in August. MPA students may be hired as research assistants to PA Program faculty or to other research and academic units. MPA students are also occasionally hired as research assistants on projects funded by various governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Assistantships include a stipend based on the number of hours worked and a tuition and service fee waiver.

Tuition and Service Fee Waivers are normally awarded by the PA Program on a semester basis. Eligible degree-seeking students must be in good academic standing. The availability of waivers is regularly announced in the PA student listserv at the beginning of each semester.


^ 4. Who teaches? Part-time or full-time faculty?

In general, full-time faculty teach required courses and courses within their specialties. The program's full-time faculty is usually complemented by several distinguished professors who are recognized practitioners in the areas of public policy, management, and administration. Part-time faculty teach courses in their specialties.


^ 5. What is a certificate program?

Certificates are several course programs of graduate study in specific fields. Certificates may be earned by non-degree as well as degree seeking students. Here are several examples of possible certificate programs:

  • Certificate in Information Technology;

  • Certificate in Budgeting and Financial Management;

  • Certificate in Public Organization Management.


^ 6. Do I need to take the GRE?

Submitting GRE scores is frequently optional for MPA students but required for PhD applicants. Only recent scores (less than 5 years old) are accepted.


7. Will I have an advisor?

A faculty advisor is assigned to a student at the time of admission.


^ 8. What kind of computer skills will I need?

All new students as a rule receive an e-mail account. Students also have Internet access at computer labs located throughout campus. Students are required to use e-mail, the web, and word processing software each semester.


^ 9. How many courses/credit hours will I need to graduate?

Here is an approximate example: Students must complete 54 credit hours (approximately 13 classes) to receive the MPA degree. This includes 8 required courses (32 hours total), the required internship/applied project course (6 hours), 12 hours of specialization requirements, and 4 hours for one elective.


^ 10. How long does it take to finish?

Full-time students (three classes or more per semester) generally finish in two years (five semesters total, completing the internship during the intervening summer session). Part-time students (one or two classes per semester) generally finish in three (two classes per semester, completing the internship during the second summer in residence) to six years (1 class per semester).


^ 11. How often are courses offered?

Required courses are offered at least once an academic year. Elective courses are offered at variable intervals.


12. Do I have to take an internship?

At or near the end of the first year of full-time study, students usually participate in a supervised internship experience that lasts for one term. Its purpose is to provide them with an opportunity to gain professional experience in management and policy-making with a public service agency. For students already employed with a public or non-profit agency, a work-related project and attendance at a weekly seminar usually fit the internship requirement. Part-time students employed in nongovernmental capacities are normally given independent research projects to satisfy this requirement.


13. What skills can I get by completing the MPA degree?

The MPA degree will give you, among many others:

  • Organization skills;

  • budgeting skills;

  • statistical skills;

  • managing people skills;

  • decision-making skills;

  • policy analysis skills.




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