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The University of Kansas MPA

Students in the MPA program begin the program in the fall or spring semesters. Most students take courses as they fit their personal schedules. Courses are offered at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, the main campus in Lawrence, and as interest allows at the Kansas Health Institute in Topeka, Kansas. Once a student begins the program, all degree requirements must be completed within 7 years.

The MPA degree is awarded after successful completion of 43 credit hours of course work. This includes 16 credit hours of required core courses (5 courses) that all students complete, 12 credit hours toward one School of Public Affairs and Administration graduate certificate (4 courses), 12 hours of electives tailored to the student's interests (4 courses), and an experiential learning requirement which can be completed as detailed below (1 course). In addition, all students must pass a written master's examination (final paper) to complete the requirements for the MPA degree.

 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):

A School of Public Affairs & Administration graduate certificate (12 credit hours):

Elective Credits (12 credit hours):

Students take four electives (12 hours) in addition to core course work, SPAA graduate certificate completion, and the experiential learning requirement. Electives may be concentrated into specialized areas, allowing the student to earn a second SPAA graduate certificate, a graduate certificate outside the program (with approval), or broaden their understanding in other disciplines adjacent to public administration. 

Experiential Learning Options (3 credit hours):

Experiential learning and engagement beyond traditional lecture courses within the degree (e.g. PUAD 898 Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement, PUAD 892 Public Administration Internship, Ph.D.-level courses, study abroad, etc.)



Students who began the MPA program prior to summer, 2014, the degree requires 37 credit hours. Students who started in the summer of 2014 or after, the degree requires 43 credit hours. 

Current students who will complete the MPA degree prior to Summer 2021 may be better served to complete the degree under the Summer 2014 curriculum requirements

For more information about the degree requirements, please review the MPA Graduate Handbook or contact MPA Program Manager & Advisor Cari Ann Kreienhop.

What classes are being offered?

Look up a class in the KU timetable of classes, or visit the Classes page on this website.

Public Administration Course Descriptions

Application Deadlines

Deadlines follow University guidelines

M.U.P (Master of Urban Planning)
Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1

M.U.P as International Student
Fall semester: June 1
Spring semester: November 1

City Management Fellowship Applications:  February 1
Summer semester:  February 1
Fall semester:  May 1
Spring semester:  November 1
Fall semester: January 5
Course Schedules

What classes are being offered?

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