Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

Master of Public Administration

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I apply if I don't meet and/or exceed all of the published criteria?

Absolutely YES! The MPA Admissions Committee is meticulous when reviewing full application packages. Each applicant is considered based on the combination of all the material submitted rather than on bits and pieces.

What is the most important part of the application?

Applicants are considered based on the picture painted by all the parts of the application process, so each component is equally important.

I see that you accept the GRE, GMAT, MAT and/or LSAT. Is one test better than another?

Each applicant should take the test which best meets their own qualifications. More information on each test can be found on the web; simply type the test name into any search engine to find the web sites.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The 36-credit-hour program is designed to be completed in two years (four semesters). Nine (9) credit hours/semester is considered full-time at the graduate level.

Can I complete the program faster by taking courses in the summer?

Yes. Although 9 credits is considered full-time, students may take more than 9 credits per semester, enabling completion of the program in three semesters instead of four.

How long can I take to complete the MPA?

As long as you like!  You need to meet the degree requirements of a catalog which will be no more than six years old at the time of the student's graduation.

I work full-time. Are classes offered on-line?

Beginning Spring 2012, MPA courses are being offered online.

What technology do I need to take and online MPA course from SUU?

  • a high-speed Internet connection
  • the current version of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari web browser
  • Microsoft Word, Open Office or Adobe Reader (Version 9 or higher)
  • a web cam
  • microphone and headphones (preferably combined)

In what order should I take the classes required to complete the MPA?

There is no hard and fast rule to answer this question. Typically, students will take PADM 6000 Administrative Theory at the beginning of the program, and will take PADM 6990 Capstone in Public Administration at the end. Students are encouraged to shape their degree path to suit their ambitions and needs.

Is there an MPA Student Handbook?

Yes! Access it.

Where do I go for further information?

Jennifer Sorenson will be happy to answer any/all questions. She can be contacted at 435-865-8150, by e-mail at, or in person in GC 406 (General Classroom Building) on the SUU Campus.