With the approval of the Director of the MPA Program and Dean of the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, BPA students who have senior standing with a 3.6 GPA or higher may take up to 9 credit hours at the graduate level that count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree. Learn more about MPA degree early admission
Courses in the MPA are offered in an online format, as well as face-to-face in the Kansas City area. The degree can be completed face-to-face, as an online graduate degree program or by combining courses from the two delivery arrangements. Face-to-face courses are also offered in a weekend format and, on occasion, at the national conference of the American Society for Public Administration.
The Master of Public Affairs program in the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs offers education consistent with the HSPA vision of serving the common good by graduating leaders who exercise authority responsibly, make ethical decisions, act with moral courage, and advance human dignity world-wide.
The curriculum prepares students nationally and internationally to lead and manage with professional expertise in public, nonprofit, and cross-sectoral settings, while pursuing the public interest and showing concern for fairness and social justice. Through teaching and research, program faculty advance public service values by contributing to the knowledge and practice of public affairs, public administration and policy from the local to the global community.
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