Frequently Asked Questions about
Public Administration and Urban Studies
The department uses rolling admissions. There is no single deadline.
The MPA prepares students for careers in public and non-profit management and administration. Students take 27 core credit hours, three hours internship, plus 15 hours in a specialization of personal interest: emergency management, non-profit management, program evaluation or urban management.
The MPA degree is a minimum of 39/42 credits.
The JD/MPA is a minimum of 30/33 credits
The MPA, on a full-time basis and year round, would require at least 21 months. More commonly, it would take 2 years. Full-time graduate course work is set at a minimum of 9 units per semester.
Full-time graduate students may be eligible for graduate assistantships, which are awarded competitively.
Part-time students are not eligible for financial aid, but all students may be eligible for funding from outside sources.
Information is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
MA and MPA require a 2.8 overall undergraduate or a 3.05 in the last 60 units. Provisional admission may be granted for GPA from 2.50 – 2.79. A standardized test (GRE, GMAT, LSAT) will be required of applicants with less than a 3.00 GPA.
All students must remain in good standing with the university to receive financial assistance. Please contact the University of Akron's Office of Financial Aid.
Graduate Assistantships are available. However they are highly competitive and given to those students with the requisites as outlined by the department.
MPA agraduates currently work in state, county, and local governments; a number of non-profit organizations and foundations; international bodies; and for research groups and consulting firms. Several have achieved elective office.
The JD/MPA degree is designed to prepare students for careers in government or non-profit organizations who plan to combine law with public service.
The faculty and students of the department and university are diverse culturally and ethnically. This includes significant international representation.
Students are encouraged to begin the application process before graduating from the qualifying undergraduate or graduate program in which you may be currently attending. Per The University of Akron Graduate School. admission is pending graduation.
Students for whom English is not a primary language must pass the TOFEL. This requirement may be waived if an undergraduate or graduate degree has previously been earned at a US American university or college.
The official application is completed online to the graduate school. Official transcripts, official test scores, and letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate School, as well as the department. Other documents may be mailed or submitted in person.