The elective area of specialization is open to the student. A studentâ€™s choice of elective coursework should be a function of her/his interests and career objectives and undertaken in consultation with her/his academic advisor.
The Kent-MPA online degree program is nationally accredited by NASPAA and is one of only a select number of MPA programs in the United States fully accredited by NASPAA. The online program is unique in that it is not exclusively web based. Instead, each online course in the program utilizes a combination of web based instruction tools common to online courses (discussion boards, online lectures, email, electronically accessible readings) plus live interactive video conferencing class sessions connected directly to each studentâ€™s home.
A good place to begin is to examine our core values:
The mission of the Kent-MPA Program is to enhance the quality of governance in Ohio, the nation and the world by: informing public policy and administration; educating for ethical leadership; enhancing knowledge, analytical skills and technical abilities; and fostering democratic discourse among citizens, policy makers, managers and scholars. Toward that end, the program provides professional level graduate education by offering distinct degree concentrations and methods of delivery.
The Kent-MPA program encourages persons with physical challenges to apply. University accommodation efforts are taken seriously both in terms of personal accommodations, counseling and support services, as well as electronic accommodations. Specifically, for MPA students with disabilities and taking courses on campus, the MPA program provides a 21st century on-campus computer disability lab for the exclusive use of our students with disabilities. Moreover, our online program is constantly being updated to make it compliant with Federal standards for electronic accessibility.
Our online degree program should not be confused with web based courses a student may have taken previously. Our online courses combine live audio and video conferencing sessions with web based support and instruction throughout the semester. Our students appreciate this combination because it avoids the common pitfalls of traditional web based coursesâ€”feelings of isolation and alienation. To learn more about our online method of delivery please visit our MPA Online page.
We strongly recommend our online degree to four sets of individuals: obviously students who are too far away to attend classes, persons working full-time whose schedule makes it difficult to attend evening classes; single women who are caretakers either of young children or their elderly parents; and persons with physical disabilities. As to this latter cohort, the Kent-MPA online program is ADA compliant and makes every effort to be Section 508 compatible.
We have not yet reached the point where our students who need as much time as needed are unable to sit down one on one with a faculty member. We value students and interaction with them. Additionally, the same faculty members teaching in the online program teach in our on campus program. This assures students integrity in the program as well as accessibility.
Kent State University offers a special option for Kent juniors and seniors with specific GPA's. This option allows KSU undergraduates to apply and take graduate courses while still an undergraduate. Specifically, this benefit permits one to double count up to 12 hours of credits for both your undergraduate degree and toward the MPA degree. This shortens the time you need to spend in school to obtain a graduate degree, plus related savings in tuition. If you are interested in this option, please contact Dr. Mark Cassell, the MPA Program Coordinator, for assistance in admission to this program. More detailed information on this option can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Students not working full-time or without previous administrative experience are required to undertake a formal field placement internship.
While finding internships are ultimately the responsibility of the student, the Kent MPA has linkages to two major internship placement programs in our Department: the Washington Program in National Issues and the Columbus Program in State Issues. Assistance in internship placements from the directors of these two programs is available.
Students have come to the Kent-MPA program to study from many countries in the world. In addition, the Kent-MPA program has formal negotiated relationships with select universities in the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China. Students come to the Kent-MPA program from these universities bringing with them the perspectives and knowledge of current administrative and political events in the PRC.
Admission to the Kent-MPA program is moderately selective. Each applicant is assessed based on a review of required documents submitted to the Graduate College and Kent-MPA Program Coordinator. The required documentation consists of: (1) undergraduate transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or better (A=4.0); (2) GRE scores of 450 verbal and 400 quantitative; (3) submission of a research paper demonstrating the applicantâ€™s writing and analytical skills; (4) letters of reference; and (5) a one page letter of intent as to why the applicant is desirous of studying public administration. Applicants with a deficiency in one of these criteria may be given a conditional admission. Deficiencies in two or more areas, is cause for denial of admission.
The Kent MPA program tuition costs are commensurate with other public universities in Ohio. The Kent-MPA program requires 36-39 credit hours of coursework for matriculation.
Current tuition costs may be found by visiting the Kent State University Bursar's Office.
For students wishing to study nonprofit management in the Kent-MPA program; this is especially attractive relative to private colleges. Moreover, students who are out-of-state and enroll in the Online MPA program do not pay out-of-state tuition rates. Rather these students pay the same tuition rates as in-state graduate students, plus a minimal $30 per course surcharge.
The Kent MPA program offers two forms of financial assistance. The nature of this financial assistance, however, is predicated on: previous academic performance, American citizenry, and registration as a full-time graduate student. Within these criteria, financial aid is competitive.
The two forms of assistance are: