University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Public Administration (Accelerated Masters Program)


The Accelerated Master’s Program in Public Administration (AMP-PA) offers University of Vermont students the opportunity to secure a sound undergraduate and graduate program of study in five rather than a minimum of six years. The program closely integrates both programs of study, and enhances competitiveness in a marketplace stressing broad undergraduate and focused professional graduate education. The AMP-PA welcomes students majoring in the administrative, behavioral, health, environmental, organizational, social science and related disciplines requiring graduate work in administration, or planning and policy capacities in the public service. Application to the program is typically made during a student's junior year. More information on the AMP-PA program can be found on the Master of Public Administration Link out of catalogue site. website. Inquiries can be made through email or by phone (802-656-0009).

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

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

Successful completion of thirty-six credits, including core courses PA 301, PA 302, PA 303, PA 305 and PA 306, and an approved sequence of elective courses which may include up to nine credits of coursework from approved disciplines related to public administration. All graduate students in the MPA program are required to complete an approved three-credit internship as part of their sequence of courses beyond the core courses.

The Capstone Project will provide graduating students with a summative experience that allows them to tie together what they have learned over the course of the program. They will apply this learning to tangible projects relating to a topic of a community partner’s interests. It is structured to round out and supplement the core curriculum by providing content not found in other core or elective courses.

Students in their final spring semester of the program are eligible to take this. This course counts as the “comprehensive exam” for the Master of Public Administration at UVM.