1 Master of Public Administration About Southern Utah University Online Master of Public Administration Admission Requirements How to Apply Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs Southern Utah University Admissions Visit: online.suu.edu Call: Mail: 351 West University Boulevard Cedar City, UT 84720
2 About Southern Utah University Southern Utah University (SUU) offers students a place to belong, both on campus and online. SUU has provided students with a quality education for more than 110 years. The comprehensive, regional university offers associate, bachelor s and master s degree programs for online students who want to continue their education and gain a competitive edge in today s job market. SUU takes a student-first approach to learning and offers online students personalized and interactive classes facilitated by experienced faculty members and staff. SUU is recognized in the community as a premier educational institution, and now more students can earn an exceptional education through SUU s online programs. Accreditation Southern Utah University is a fully accredited member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
3 Program Details Master of Public Administration Southern Utah University offers a 36-hour Master of Public Administration (MPA) program designed for students who want to pursue a career in public or non-profit management. The MPA program provides a collaborative, engaged and intellectual learning environment where students discuss practical and theoretical concepts of public administration. These concepts, presented in cultural, economic, historical, political and social contexts, teach students to define and pursue public interest. Classes in the online Masters of Public Administration program help students develop skills in critical reasoning, analyze public service and take positions on policy and public administration issues. Program graduates have strong skills in critical thinking, decision-making, policy analytics and written and oral communication. Students can customize the program to fit their career goals and personal interests. The program offers electives, and students can complete an internship or thesis. The internship option provides development opportunities in non-profit or public organizations. The thesis option gives students a more academic approach to the MPA program and prepares students to pursue a doctorate in the field. Areas of Emphasis Areas of emphasis in the MPA program, approved by the regents, include: Criminal Justice Non-Profit Management and Administration State and Local Government Student Services
4 Program Details Additional Program Information Points of Distinction The small classes at SUU give students the opportunity to know their professors and fellow students on a more personal level. Southern Utah University is included in Princeton Review s Top Business Schools in the U.S. and U.S. News & World Report s Best Universities Master s regional listings. In the past three years, 99 percent of graduates in search of employment attained employment within six months of graduation. Possible Careers Administrator in non-profit organizations Administrator in local, state and federal governments Agency director Business executive City manager Consultant Courts administrator Diplomat Environmental specialist Non-profit executive policy analyst Public finance specialist Urban planner Available Resources Assistantships, internships and scholarships Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service
5 Admission Admission Requirements Applicants should meet the following criteria: 1. A bachelor s degree from an accredited university or college 2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher 3. English language competency. International applicants from non-english-speaking countries must demonstrate competency in the English language through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within past two years. A minimum score of 550 for the paperbased test, 213 for the computer-based test or 79 for the Internet-based test satisfies this requirement. The MPA Admissions Committee will review materials received. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements may have an interview with the program director. The Admissions Committee reviews each application thoroughly to ensure all applicants receive fair consideration. All admitted students must have read the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (available in book stores and online) before the first day of classes. National Standards and Academic Endeavors The MPA program is a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The program will seek accreditation from NASPAA beginning in fall In spring 2012, SUU organized a chapter of Phi Alpha Alpha, a national honor society for MPA students. Students who maintain a 3.5 GPA may join. How to Apply The following are required when seeking admission to the MPA Program. The application and all components should be submitted to the SUU Admissions Office: 1. SUU Graduate Admissions application; 2. Payment of the non-refundable application fee; 3. A Letter of Intent written by the applicant; 4. Three (3) letters of recommendation; 5. Receipt of official score report from the GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MAT; 6. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.
6 Tuition & Financial Aid Tuition Information Resident Non-resident Credit Hours Tuition Student Fees Total Credit Hours Tuition Student Fees Total , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Online courses carry an additional $20-per-credit fee to support elearning licensing and help desk costs. Financial Aid Apply for Federal Financial Aid 1. Apply for a federal personal identification number (PIN) at which will act as your electronic signature. 1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Southern Utah University s school code is Complete your master promissory note and entrance counseling at 2. Sign the application using your federal PIN, which is the same number used to sign your FAFSA. Apply for a Stafford Loan 1. Complete your master promissory note and entrance counseling at 2. Remember to sign the application using your own federal PIN, which is the same number you use to sign your FAFSA.