How do I determine which MPA option is right for me?
The MPA program at the University of Kansas allows you, the student, to choose the option that most interests you and fits within your career goals.
The INTERN option is designed for students who want to pursue the MPA degree on a full-time basis. Intern-option students begin the program in the summer term, and complete their coursework over three terms (summer, fall, spring). During the second year of the program, intern-option students work in a full-time paid professional internship. This option was designed for students who want to pursue a career in local government, either at the city or county level.
The CAREER option is designed for students who may already be working in city, county, state, or federal government, a nonprofit organization or other entity who want to pursue the MPA while still maintaining their current job. These students may begin the program in the fall or spring.
Students in both options take the same core coursework.