In 2018, as part of our accreditation process, NASPAA recommended the department explore options to reduce the number of units required to complete the MPA degree. After careful consideration and a number of conversations about available options, the MPA faculty decided to reduce the degree to 36-39 units, down from 42 units.
Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the MPA degree requirements, effective for the Fall 2019 academic catalog:
- Core coursework remains unchanged (9 courses/27 units)
- Elective coursework has been reduced to 3 courses/9 units, down from 5 courses/15 units
- PADM 5554 (Comprehensive exams) will still qualify as elective units
- Internships will be required in addition to elective coursework (in other words, if a student is determined to be a “pre-service” student and requires a relevant internship, the degree program for that student will be 39 units; if not, the degree will be 36 units)
How does this affect you?
If you were admitted in Fall 2018 or before,
you maintain catalog rights to the degree you signed up for
. If you’d rather continue with the original 42-unit MPA degree you began, you may do so. However, if you’d rather change to the 36-39 unit degree, you may do so as well.
If you plan to graduate in May 2020
, you may
switch to the new degree option.
If you were admitted in Fall 2019, your degree is 36-39 units, depending on whether you need an internship.
As always, please contact your academic adviser if you have questions or concerns.