University of Vermont

2007-08 Online Catalogue

Public Administration (Master of Public Administration)

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Public Administration

A sound academic record, including a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution, satisfactory scores on the general aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination, three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate‚s academic potential for graduate work and motivation for pursuing the MPA. Past experience in public service will be considered. Persons currently employed in administrative positions are encouraged to apply. In addition, a student must have completed these prerequisite courses: Economics, American Government and Statistics.

NOTE: The application deadlines for the MPA Program are February 1 and June 15 for summer/fall admission and November 15 for spring admission.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Public Administration

Successful completion of 36 credit hours, including core courses PA 301, 302, 303, 305 and 306, and an approved sequence of elective courses which may include up to nine credits of coursework from approved disciplines related to public administration. Pre-service students (those without substantial public administration experience) are required to complete an approved three-credit internship as part of their approved sequence of courses beyond the core courses.

Satisfactory completion of the written Comprehensive Examination, an evaluative device and capstone experience, offered three times per year (March, August, and October) for students in their final semester of study in the UVM-MPA program.

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