Master of Public Administration Program

MPA Program Effectiveness

The MPA program is proud of its graduation rates and the career paths enjoyed by its alumni. Graduates have accepted positions in all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, and in the private sector.  Many graduates choose to become a member of our Advisory Council, thereby contributing to the long term success of the program and the public service profession.  The MPA faculty are committed to lifelong learning and often partner with our graduates on community projects, research projects, and other endeavors.

Our program has a diverse student body and our MPA alumni represents Non-traditional and International students. More than 60% of our students currently work full time and our graduates represent 5 countries outside the United States: China, Ghana, Morocco, Ethiopia, and the United Kingdom. Currently in the United states, we have MPA alumni that are working in 7 states: Utah, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Kansas, Colorado, California, and the District of Columbia.

The following is the graduation rates for students entering the program between 2007 and 2011.  The current data collection process does not allow us to report graduation rates for pre-service and in-service students.  Pre-service students who enroll full-time can complete the program in two years, which is 100% of the time.  In-service students, who often enroll on a part-time basis, may take longer than two years to complete the degree.  The data below combine in-service and pre-service students.

2007/08 cohort = 20 45% graduated in 100% of time. 
2008/09 cohort = 20 50% graduated in 100% of time.
2009/10 cohort = 26 69% graduated in 100% of time. 
2010/11 cohort = 17 65% graduated in 100% of time.

A table of 2- and 5-year graduation rates.

MPA Graduate Data 2013-14

MPA Graduate Data 2015-16.pdf