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Students may begin the program in any semester. Three courses (or 9 credits) per semester are considered a normal course load for full-time students. Part-time students typically take one or two 3-credit courses each semester and one or two courses during the summer session to maintain steady progress toward the degree. As of the fall semester of 2015, there were 56 residential students and 224 taking the program online via Penn State World Campus.
Program Mission and Goal
Mission: The Master of Public Administration program prepares individuals to assume leadership positions in public service careers and strengthens their professional skills to successfully work in government and non-profit organizations.
Goal: The MPA develops ethical and skilled leaders and professionals able to work effectively in an increasingly globalized and diverse world, who are competent as managers and analysts skilled in oral and written communications, and who share a commitment to public service values and democratic processes.
Employment of Graduates
Graduates of our resident MPA program most often find employment within local or regional government, domestic-oriented nonprofits, and the private sector (non-research). Graduates of the online program are most often employed in national and local/regional government, the private sector, and domestic-oriented nonprofits.