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MPA Career-Option: Preparing Leaders in Public Service

KU's career-option MPA is designed for students who need a course schedule to accommodate their full-time jobs and personal obligations. Most career-option students currently work in public service and continue to do so while taking classes.

Applicants for the career-option MPA should have experience or a strong interest in public or non-profit management.

Career-Option MPA Explanation and Details
Who It's For Professionals seeking to strengthen their leadership skills for careers in public service professions and advance in their profession without a career interruption.
Professional Experience Most students in the program work full-time in the public or non-profit sector.
Locations Courses are offered in three locations: the KU Edwards campus in Overland Park, the Lawrence main campus, and in Topeka at the Brown vs. Board of Education Historic Site. Students can complete the majority of their MPA coursework at their primary campus location.
Program Length Students can generally complete the program in as little as three years.
Credit Hours 43 credit hours*
Graduate Certificates Working professionals have the opportunity to earn graduate certificates, which consist of twelve credit hour specializations, including Performance Management and City and County Management.
Start Date Fall or spring semester (August or January)
Cost Kansas and Kansas City metro area residents pay the graduate per credit hour tuition rate of $395. Additional fees are required based on campus and course. For more detailed information, visit the tuition and fees page.
Find Out More To find out more about the MPA program, please contact an Advisor.

* Students enrolled prior to fall 2014 will follow the curriculum at the time (see advisor for more details).


Application Deadlines

Deadlines follow University guidelines

M.U.P (Master of Urban Planning)
Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1

M.U.P as International Student
Fall Semester: June 1
Spring Semester: November 1

M.P.A. Intern-Option
Summer semester: February 1

M.P.A. as International Student
Fall semester: February 1

M.P.A. Career-Option
Fall semester (early decision): May 1
Fall semester: June 15
Spring semester: November 1

Fall semester: January 25

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Ranked in the top 10 master of public affairs programs in the nation
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 in the nation for city management and urban policy

— U.S. News & World Report

#5 in the nation for public management

— U.S. News & World Report
Three faculty have won W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Rosemary O’Leary is KU’s Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
Four MPA graduates have been elected president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
Four faculty are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows
Bob Kipp, vice president of Hallmark Cards, was a 2012 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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