Master of Public Administration Program

MPA Program Effectiveness

The MPA program is proud of its graduates! Alumni have accepted positions in all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, and in the private sector. Many graduates volunteer 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 activities, research projects, and other endeavors.

Our program has a diverse student body and our MPA alumni represent non-traditional and international students. Many of our current students work full time and our graduates represent several countries outside the United States.

The graduation rate is an important indicator of how efficiently students complete their degrees. The following table represents graduation rates for students over the past several years. The current data collection process does not allow us to distinguish between 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.


Cumulative Graduation Rates (per 5-year cohort)

Cumulative Graduation Rates (per 5-year cohort)
Reporting Year Measure Initial Cohort Group 2-Year Graduation Rate 3-Year Graduation Rate 4-Year Graduation Rate Total Students Graduated & Persisting to Graduation
2018-19 Number of Students 43 16 32 33 35
% of All 2013-14 Cohort Students (ARY-5)   37.2% 74.4% 76.7% 81.4%
2017-18 Number of Students 54 23 34 36 38
% of All 2012-13 Cohort Students (ARY-5)   42.6% 63.0% 66.7% 70.4%
2016-17 Number of Students 37 14 23 24 N/A
% of All 2011-12 Cohort Students (ARY-5)   37.8% 62.2% 64.9% N/A
2015-16 Number of Students 17 11 13 14 N/A
% of All 2010-11 Cohort Students (ARY-5)   64.7% 76.5% 82.4% N/A

Job Placement Statistics

This table reports the job placement statistics of students who were employed within six months of graduation, by employment sector. The data provided are for the year prior to the annual program survey year (ARY-1), e.g. data for 2017-18 were reported in 2018-19.

Job Placement Rates
Sector per NASPAA report Total graduates per year listed
2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
National or central government in the same country as the program 1 2 1 1
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program 22 18 19 13
City, County, or other local government in the same country as the program 8 7 1 7
Government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental 0 0 0 0
Nonprofit domestic-oriented 7 3 6 0
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented 0 0 0 0
Private Sector - Research/Consulting 0 1 0 0
Private Sector but not research/ consulting 10 3 2 1
Obtaining further education 1 2 1 2
Military Service 0 0 0 0
Unemployed (not seeking employment) 2 0 1 0
Unemployed (seeking employment) 1 0 1 2
Status Unknown 3 2 3 3
Total 55 38 35 29

Job Placement Rates

Year 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Placement Rate 88.6% 87.5% 97.0% 85.0%