The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is offered live online, allowing students to have a face-to-face learning experience and participate in interactive group activities. The online format has provided the Clemson MPA program with the opportunity to grow from a regional onsite program, to a national program, with students logging in from all around the country and the state.
The majority of students in the program are working public administrators and non-profit professionals. They bring their career experience and merge it with the academic rigor of graduate study, contributing to a collaborative learning environment. Their professional expertise in local government, state agencies, non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector is a critical strength of the program. The variety of student backgrounds provides a unique opportunity for sharing practical information from different administrative sectors, offering a truly interdisciplinary graduate experience.
The following requirements must be met to be considered for admission to the online Master of Public Administration program:
The program of study for the MA in Public Administration requires the completion of 39 or 42 total credit hours, depending on the student’s choice of the comprehensive exam (39 hours) or a capstone final research project (42 hours).
Students must complete 18 or 21 elective hours depending on the student’s choice of the comprehensive exam or capstone final research project. One course (3 hours) of total elective hours must be a government course.
Students may declare a specialization from one of five MPA specializations or they may create a hybrid specialization with a mix of courses from MPA elective courses.
The program offers regular elective courses in the following five specialization areas:
South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.