The Accelerated Master of Public Administration will enable academically talented University of Arizona undergraduates to complete their Bachelors (in CJS, POL, or PMPC) and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in as little as five years of study beginning with their freshman year as an undergraduate. This program is intended for students interested in enhancing their qualifications for admission to other graduate programs (such as Ph.D. programs or J.D. programs at law schools) and for students interested in an accelerated masters program.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares students and current public service professionals for challenging and rewarding careers in the changing public and nonprofit arenas. The MPA program combines curricular structure, physical facilities, and real-world fieldwork opportunities to foster the managerial skills needed to meet today's greater demands for accountability and effectiveness from public and nonprofit organizations.
This MPA program prepares students for a management career in public service sectors, including federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as nonprofits and international organizations. This type of degree can help students learn how to successfully implement policy and programs. Earning an MPA degree at the University of Arizona in particular will prepare students to be leaders in one of several different concentrations, such as Collaborative Governance, Environmental Management and Policy, Nonprofit Management, and Public Management.
The School of Government and Public Policy was formed in 2009 by combining two highly ranked programs – Political Science and Public Administration and Policy - and bringing them under a single roof. Located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a new model for public affairs education by promoting high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.
By offering leading programs in political science, international relations, public policy, and public management, SGPP prepares students for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
The program is open to University of Arizona undergraduate juniors majoring in Criminal Justice Studies, Political Science, or Public Management and Policy with a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA.
The following materials are required for admission to the MPA program:
International students must submit one of the following test scores for English proficiency:
Students in the MPA program are eligible for Federal Financial Aid, Peace Corp Fellowships, Graduate Access Fellowships (based on need) and Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR). Limitations may apply for students in Accelerated Master's Programs.
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The Accelerated MPA program is only open for Fall admission. Undergraduate juniors who qualify for the AMP should submit their applications no later than July 1st. International students should submit their application no later than June 1st.
If any of these deadlines fall on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be due no later than 5pm, Arizona time, on the Monday following the due date. Please contact our department at at SBSemail@example.com if you have further questions on these deadlines.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
In the final two semesters of undergraduate level work (senior status), four upper division courses (2 each semester) are replaced by graduate level courses. A total of 12 units of graduate coursework are counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree. Starting cumulative GPA must be a minimum 3.3 and cannot fall below a 3.0 during the entire program. One summer and two regular semesters finish the program at the graduate level.
Students accepted to the MPA program may choose study material in some of the following subject areas:
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This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements: