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Master of Public Administration

Preparation for a successful start in the MPA program
Students’ acceptance into the MPA program indicates that the faculty thinks they have the overall experience, preparation, and ability needed to succeed.

Microsoft Excel Training
Several of the MPA classes (e.g. Financing Public Services, Policy Analysis and Evaluation, and Quantitative Research Methods) utilize Microsoft Excel. Instructors in these course focus on teaching the relevant substantive skills and assume that students have a working knowledge of Excel. If you do not have a working knowledge of Excel (i.e. you do not know how to utilize mathematical formulas and make basic graphs) please acquire the necessary instruction to do this.

The University of Kansas Information Technology department offers online and in-person courses on Excel that are free to students. Information and registration are available at the following link: https://technology.ku.edu/services/training-workshops