"The advantage of an MPA is its versatility. With the skills you develop in the program, you can do whatever you want to do, while serving the public interest.” - Dr. Leigh Hersey, Assistant Professor Political Science, School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Business and Social Sciences.
ULM offers a 36-hour online-only MPA Program designed for graduate students anywhere in the world. MPA courses are offered in eight-week and sixteen-week formats every semester, allowing the degree to be completed in as little as 12 months. Students may enter the program any semester.
To participate in the online MPA program, students must have Microsoft Office™, high-speed Internet access, and computer equipment with audio and video capability, including a headset, microphone, and a webcam. ULM’s online-only MPA Program offers credit for participation in the Delta Regional Authority Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy.
In addition to the university requirements for admission to the Graduate School at ULM, applicants for admission to the Master of Public Administration degree program will meet two of the following criteria:
Applicants who fail to meet the above standards may be admitted with conditional status at the recommendation of the Coordinator of the MPA Program in conjunction with the Committee on Admissions for Political Science. Admission exceptions to waive the GRE are:
Decisions by the Coordinator of the MPA Program in conjunction with the Committee on Admissions for Political Science are based on a broad range of criteria, and no particular level of academic performance or test scores will guarantee acceptance.
Upon admission, all students will be designated as in-service or pre-service. In designating in-service or pre-service status, the program will consider the duration, roles, and responsibilities of previous work experience in local, county, regional, state or federal administrative agencies; the office of elected officials; nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations; or health sector-related organizations. Students lacking at least two years of administrative or policy-related experience will be designated a pre-service student.
Pre-service students will be required to enroll in an internship, POLS 5093: Public Administration Internship, bringing the total hours required for their degree to 39. The internship will demand approximately 300 hours of work for a local, county, regional, state or federal administrative agency; the office of an elected official; nonprofit or not-for-profit organization; or a health sector-related organization. Students cannot enroll in POLS 5093 until at least nine (9) hours of core MPA courses have been completed.
Requests from pre-service students to have the internship requirement waived will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Coordinator of the MPA Program in conjunction with the Committee on Admissions for Political Science. Such requests may be granted in a situation where, for example, a student’s existing public service evolves into a permanent position and exceeds programmatic minimums during the course of their MPA studies and prior to enrolling in the internship course.
In-service students, those with at least two years full-time work experience, will not be required to complete the internship, though they will not be discouraged from participating in this option as well.
For more information about the MPA Program please contact Dr. Leigh Hersey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (318) 342-1332.