financing your graduate degree.
The Value of an MPA
The value of an MPA degree is high. The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) states that graduate education is expected to continue to give persons working or seeking careers in the public and nonprofit sectors a competitive edge. Not only are opportunities greater, but salaries can be higher. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, in 1998, the mean annual income of individuals holding a Master's was approximately $51,000--$9, 108 higher than with a bachelor's degree. When looking at a 35-year career, this can translate into an additional $318,000 in earning power.
School of Public Administration Students
Most UNO SPA students work full-time in public and nonprofit organizations. Almost all program classes are held in the evening, one night per week. Since each class is 3 credits, students who apply for financial aid will enroll in two classes per semester. That way, by taking two classes (6 credit hours) they qualify for financial aid. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 4 credit hours per semester to qualify for financial aid.
Graduate assistantships are available to students. Please see below under Financial Resources.
The typical number of part-time equivalent months of study needed to complete the degree requirements for students is 39 months. This includes three calendar years or three academic years (fall and spring) and one semester or one summer.
The typical number of full-time equivalent months of study needed to complete the degree requirements for students is 27 months. This includes two calendar or two academic years (fall and spring) and one semester or one summer.
What are the costs of tuition and fees?
Current tuition rates and fees are available on the UNO Student Account website at http://cashiering.unomaha.edu/tuition.php
A variety of financial resources are available to students through UNO's Graduate Studies Office and HUD Community Work Study Program.