MPA Welcome Letter
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
—John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address
Welcome! We are delighted you have taken the time to visit our School of Business and Public Administration’s (SBPA) Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program website at the University of the District of Columbia. The design of our 39-credit evening program lets you choose what fits best for your schedule – whether it is part-time (6 hrs.) or full-time (9-12 hrs.) per semester.
As our world becomes increasingly diverse and interdependent, the challenges that face our communities grow more complex while financial resources continue to decline. Governments and nonprofit organizations need talented, innovative, dedicated public servant leaders who can strengthen and shape the future of the public sector by maximizing the use of limited resources to meet the needs of our country.
At SBPA, the MPA program is devoted to developing students’ leadership and administrative skills necessary for individuals who aspire to pursue career paths in Federal, local, and state government and/or the nonprofit sector. The curriculum is rigorous and promotes a commitment to public service with a focus on integrity and critical thinking. It is oriented toward a collaborative approach as demonstrated through research and experiential learning.
Beginning in August 2017, courses for the MPA degree are offered in two-8-week cycles per semester during the traditional 15 ½ week semester. Therefore, students are can take one or two classes per 8-week cycle and only need to come on campus one or two nights a week. If you are attending as a full-time student, you can obtain your degree in 18 months which includes taking courses in the summer. If you are a part-time student, it can take a minimum of 24 months to complete your degree. We are excited about the new 8-week format and believe it is enhance the experience for our students.