MPA Program Self-Study
UNO's MPA program completed its Self Study Report for review by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) of NASPAA. Programs that are accredited by NASPAA have been determined to be in substantial compliance with the Standards set forth by the field. UNO's MPA Program completes the Annual Accreditation Maintenance Report each year.
NASPAA Program Data
UNO’s MPA Program values transparency, accountability and truthfulness. The faculty and staff believe in the value of public service and strive to provide information and data that reflect our strengths and limitations. You will learn more about the program through the recommended framework of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Degree Title: Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Organizational Relationship: MPA resides in the School of Public Administration housed in the College of Public Affairs Community Service
Modes of Delivery: Omaha, *Online
Number of Credit Hours: 39
Length of Degree: 2.5 years or seven semesters
Dual Degrees: MPA/MSW, MPA/MIS
Concentrations/Specializations: *Criminology Criminal Justice, *Emergency Management, Health Care Administration, *Local Government, *Nonprofit Management, *Public Management, *Public Policy
Number of Students: 202
Mission Statement: The mission of the Master of Public Administration program is to strengthen the public service in a democratic and diverse society by educating students to manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically, and democratically.
Admission: The general prerequisite for admission to the MPA program is a four-year bachelors' degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA of the junior-senior year (last 50-60 credit hours). Under extenuatingcircumstances an average below 3.0 will be considered. The following factors will be considered in determination of a student's admission status:
- Grade point average for the junior-senior year
- Grade point average for the undergraduate degree
- Work history
- Writing skills (based on the applicant's admissions essay)
- References (based on two written letters of recommendation)
- GRE Exam (complete four to six weeks before application deadline)
New Enrollment in Fall 2017
Number of faculty teaching in the program: 16 full-time, tenure-track faculty, 5 part-time faculty
- Ethel Williams, Director
- Jodi Benenson
- Dee Dee Bennett
- Bob Blair
- Tara Bryan
- Yu-Che Chen
- Craig Christiansen
- Patrick Connelly
- Carol Ebdon
- Angela Eikenberry
- Christopher Goodman
- James Harrold
- Bryce Hoflund
- Hans Louis-Charles
- Jooho Lee
- Craig Maher
- Gary Marshall
- Patrick O'Neil
- Susan Ogborn
- Christine Reed
- Sandra Sattler Weber
Cost of Degree
Tuition for Resident On-campus: $$299.00/credit
Tuition for Non-resident On-Campus: $$777.00/credit
Resident Online: $$356.50/credit
Non-resident online: $600.00/credit
MAP (Metropolitan Advantage Program): Students qualifying for the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP) will be assessed 150% of the resident tuition rate.
Financial Aid Information: Many UNO students utilize FASFA for their financial aid. Visit UNO's Office of Financial Support and Scholarship here.
Assistantships: The MPA program does not have graduate assistantships available. However, students can view the UNO Human Resources website to view available graduate assistantships here.
City of Omaha (Human Rights and Relations, Planning Department)
Robert H. Jackson Center (Jamestown, NY)
City Administrator (Nebraska City, NE)
Blue Cross Blue Shield (Nebraska)
Greater Omaha Chamber (Omaha, NE)
Omaha Performing Arts (Omaha, NE)
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Faculty Contribution: Click here to see an index of faculty publications.
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