Path to Degree

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Path to Degree

There are several paths students may take to complete a Carsey Master of Public Administration degree. Most MPA students work full time and take classes on a part-time schedule, completing the degree, on average, in about two to three years. We encourage students to move at a pace that is comfortable for them and to work with their academic adviser to map out a course plan. Please see below for several example schedule options. These are illustrative, and other flexible options are possible.  

Paths to Degree Overview

Sample Paths to Degree 

  Fall  Term J-Term  Spring Term Summer Term Fall Term II
Evening Course 
(semester long course)
  • POLT 906
 
  • POLT 909
 
  • POLT 908A
Evening Course
(eight-week courses)

Aug. to Oct.

  • POLT 802
 

Jan. to Mar.

  • POLT 905

Mar. to May

  • POLT 918

 

Aug. to Oct.

  • POLT 912

Oct. to Dec.

  • POLT 804
Evening Course
(five-week courses, summer term only)
     

May to June

  • POLT 807

June to July

  • POLT 815
 
Online Courses
  • POLT 907
  • POLT 911 
    Or
  • POLT 803
    Or
  • Elective
     
  Fall  Term J-Term  Spring Term Summer Term Fall Term II J-Term II Spring Term II
Evening Course
(semester long course)
  • POLT 906
 
  • POLT 909
     
  • POLT 908A
Evening Course
(eight-week courses)
   

Jan. to Mar.

  • POLT 905

 

Aug. to Oct.

  • POLT 912

Oct. to Dec.

  • POLT 804
 

Aug. to Oct.

  • POLT 914
Evening Course 
(five-week courses, summer term only)
     

June to July

  • POLT 807

July to Aug.

  • POLT 815
     
Online Courses
  • POLT 907
  • POLT 911 
    Or
  • POLT 803
    Or
  • Elective
     
  • POLT 911 
    Or
  • POLT 803
    Or
  • Elective
 
  Fall  Term J-Term  Spring Term Summer Term Fall Term II J-Term II Spring Term II Summer Term II Fall Term III J-Term III Spring Term III
Evening Course
(semester long course)
  • POLT 906
         
  • POLT 909
     
  • POLT 908A
Evening Course
(eight-week courses)
   

Jan. to Mar.

  • POLT 905

 

 

Aug. to Oct.

  • POLT 912

Oct. to Dec.

  • POLT 804
 

 

 

   

Aug. to Oct.

  • POLT 914
Evening Course 
(five-week courses, summer term only)
     

June to July

  • POLT 807
     

June to July

  • POLT 815
     
Online Courses

 

  • POLT 911 
    Or
  • POLT 803
    Or
  • Elective
     
  • POLT 911 
    Or
  • POLT 803
    Or
  • Elective
   
  • POLT 907
  • POLT 911 
    Or
  • POLT 803
    Or
  • Elective