Online Master of Public Administration Program FAQs

How much does it cost?

The most current costs as well as payment options can be found here:
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Is there financial aid?

Yes, a variety of financial aid options are available. Find out more now.
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Are there any campus visits?

No, you are not required to visit campus at any time during the program. All course work will be completed online. However, we encourage you to come to campus for graduation!
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Do I have to log in at specific times?

No, the program is completely asynchronous; you access the coursework on your schedule.
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How many credits are required in the program?

The program consists of 39 credit hours, with thirteen 3-credit hour courses.
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What are the courses like?

The program’s curriculum directly addresses strategies for meeting the needs of the public and nonprofit sectors. Strategic planning, ethical leadership, partnership building, resource management, policy and budget analysis, and effective decision making are key curriculum topics.
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Is it the same curriculum as on campus?

Yes, the Online MPA program has adapted and optimized the on-campus curriculum for the online environment. You will experience the same level of academic excellence and rigor in the online program as you would in the on-campus program.
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How long will it take to complete the program?

The program can be completed in as few as 2 years.
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Is there a final thesis?

You will be required to complete a final capstone course, which includes completing a written comprehensive final analysis project.
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Who are the instructors?

University of San Francisco MPA faculty are experienced leaders and practitioners in the field of government and nonprofit administration, including health care.
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Are GRE/GMAT scores required?

No, GRE/GMAT scores are not an admissions requirement.
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Are there concentrations?

The University of San Francisco Online Master of Public Administration is currently offering an on-campus Health Services Administration Concentration. Learn more about this concentration.
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When can I start the program?

There are three program start per calendar year: Spring, Summer and Fall, to choose from. The academic calendar found here will help you determine the best time for you to start.
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Does the diploma state online?

No. The University of San Francisco Online Master of Public Administration degree is fully equivalent to the on-campus program. Your diploma will not indicate that your degree was earned online.
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Will I be able to participate in graduation?

Yes. You are highly encouraged to attend your graduation ceremony and we look forward to joining you as you celebrate your accomplishment.
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