There are two colleges in Arizona that offer a Master of Public Administration program and are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Both of the more recognized schools nationally - the University of Arizona in Tucson and Arizona State University in Tempe - are where the programs are located.
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Online MPA Programs in Arizona
Only Arizona State University offers an MPA meeting NASPAA accreditation that can be completed nearly online in Arizona. The 19-month program does require four three-day residencies that take place in Phoenix and Washington DC, and is a collaboration between the School of Public Affairs and the McCain Institute for International Leadership.
Arizona State University
The Online Executive Master of Public Administration is geared toward the public sector for those that already have five to seven years worth of real work experience. 30 total credit hours, or 10 courses, are needed to complete the accelerated program, and each class is taken once at a time, all having a span of 7.5 weeks to complete. There are no electives under the straight-forward curriculum, with classes like Leadership in Public Organizations, Ethical Issues for Managers, and Data Analytics for the Public Good.
In order to get into the program, a Bachelor's or different Master's degree is required with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the last 60 credit hours of the degree. Prospects need to submit a graduate application and the fee, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resume. Job titles for those that have entered into the program include a chief operating officer at a nonprofit organization, a deputy chief of staff at a state government, and an officer in the US Navy.
Related online graduate certificates are also available through Arizona State University, including Criminal Sentencing and Sentencing Advocacy, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, and Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development. As an example, for Nonprofit Leadership and management, courses also take 7.5 weeks to complete and there are five total courses, two of those being electives to specialize the certification.
Campus Based Public Administration Degrees in Arizona
University of Arizona MPA
The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers the Master of Public Administration, requiring 42 units to be completed — 24 core courses, 12 electives, a 3-unit internship, and a 3-unit capstone project. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program. In order to be accepted, prospects must submit an online application, unofficial transcripts, statement of purpose, resume, and two letters of recommendation. Registration must be completed by July 1st for the fall semester and and December 1st for the spring semester.
Electives can be chosen from the following subject areas:
- Collaborative Governance
- Environmental Management and Policy
- Nonprofit Management
- Public Management
- Local Government
An internship requires at least 135 total work hours and it needs to be completed within one semester. Courses typically take place on weeknights during the fall and spring semesters between the hours of 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM, and some do have weekend and online options. Options offered in the summer can be online in an accelerated format, but there are not many courses offered online for this program.
The curriculum should take four semesters to complete, but students have up to six years to complete the program. Internships may take up another semester, but they can also be waived in lieu of relevant work experience. Job placement is fairly balanced across all sectors, with 16.7 percent of graduates heading into national, state, and local government, or pursuing higher education.