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The First Year:  Complete Your Core Coursework

The Fellowship begins in the summer semester.  Students complete their core coursework during their first full year on campus (summer, fall, and spring semesters) and participate in a paid, part-time internship. 

Students admitted to the City/County Management Fellowship program complete the following course work to fulfill degree requirements:

Core Curriculum (16 credit hours):

The MPA core provides students with knowledge and skills foundational to advanced educational and professional engagement in public affairs and administration fields.  They provide an important underpinning for the MPA certificates and are transferable across a range of public service professions.The MPA core course work includes the following courses (16 credit hours):

Additional Fellows-specific course requirements (12 credit hours):


PUAD 895 will count as the experiential learning course to fulfill that component of the MPA degree requirements.

15 credits of electives of additional School of Public Affairs & Administration course work or graduate course work outside the School chosen in consultation with the program advisor. Within these courses, students must complete the requirements for the City/County Management graduate certificate.

The Second Year:  Our Full-time Internship Plan Sets Us Apart

The full-time internship during the second year of the Fellowship remains a distinctive feature of the experience.  During the second year (the internship year), each Fellow obtains a full-time, paid internship which may lead to a permanent job.  MPA academic advisors provide support for Fellows to find internships suited for their career goals.  This has resulted in a 100% placement rate over the past five years with students placed around the nation.

Also during the second year, Fellows meet three times with faculty for week-long professional development seminars designed to help link theory and practice.  During these seminars, Fellows review, compare, interpret, and scrutinize their own work experiences while alumni and other practicing administrators assist them in the transition from academic life to a professional career.  The first professional development seminar is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in the fall.  The second professional development seminar is a week-long program held on the Edwards campus in January.  The third is in May, in Lawrence, immediately preceding graduation.