Public Policy Studies
Degrees and Certificate Programs
Doctorate in Public Policy Analysis (Ph.D.)
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)
Joint Degree with the School of Law in Public Administration (JD/MPA)
Public Policy degree programs are available to both full-time and part-time students. Most class sessions are held during the afternoon and evening hours to accommodate our students' diverse schedules, though some day-time classes are available.
Choosing Your Time Schedule
Requirements for admission and achievement of degrees are identical for both full-time and part-time students. Both full-time and part-time students take the same courses, taught by the same faculty members. To accommodate both groups, most graduate-level courses in our department are offered in the evening.
Making the final decision on whether or not to attend full-time or part-time should be considered carefully, and faculty advisers can help you determine which is best for you.
For those of you who are experiencing a career transition and have plenty of free time, you may take on a full, academic workload. Depending on the number of classes you take per semester, you can complete your program as soon as two years for a master's program. Students are required to take a minimum of six credits per semester.
For some full-time students, graduate assistantships are available. Assistantships require 20 hours of work each week in the department in assistant teaching, research, communications and/or technological applications.
Assistantship Applications are available on-line on the College of Education and Public Service - Graduate Student Assistantship website.
Many of our graduate students are engaged in careers which require the majority of their time. So, pursuing a degree part-time works best for them. Part-time students at the graduate level take two courses per semester. Our programs can be catered to your schedule.