Data Reporting for the Master of Public Administration

Established in 1978, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Central Michigan University is a NASPAA accredited program that is currently offered in an online modality. The program can be completed in two years and requires 37 hours of course credit. We also offer concentrations in General Administration, State & Local Government Administration, and Nonprofit Management. Additionally, we offer a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

Applications to the MPA program are accepted throughout the academic year. 

Tuition and fees

View the university's tuition and fees

Methods of program delivery

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Central Michigan University is currently offered in an online modality.

Mission statement

The mission of the Master of Public Administration program at Central Michigan University is to provide practitioners and pre-service students enriching learning experiences that prepare and advance their intellectual growth, ensure effective and accountable decision-making as they lead, manage, and serve in the public sector, and increase the likelihood of successful public governance via respect for citizens and clients in a variety of public service settings, from government organizations to nonprofit agencies and international bodies.

Public service values

To achieve our mission and realize our vision, the MPA program at Central Michigan University emphasizes the following NASPAA public service values: 

Students and alumni from the MPA program at Central Michigan University will:

  • Pursue the public interest with accountability and transparency.
  • Serve professionally with competence, efficiency, and objectivity.
  • Act ethically so as to uphold the public trust.
  • Demonstrate respect, equity, and fairness to dealings with citizens and fellow public servants.

Universal competencies

To implement its mission statement, the MPA program at Central Michigan University uses the following set of NASPAA required competencies in its curriculum.  These competencies ensure that our students will develop and enhance their ability:

  • to lead and manage in the public interest;
  • to participate in, and contribute to, the policy process; 
  • to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make evidence informed decisions in a complex and dynamic environment; 
  • to articulate, apply, and advance a public service perspective; and
  • to communicate and interact productively and in culturally responsive ways with a diverse and changing workforce and society at large.

NASPAA annual reports

NASPAA Accredited logoThe Central Michigan University Master of Public Administration Program is a NASPAA accredited program. Please visit the  NASPAA website for more information.

Public Administration advisory board

Central Michigan University's Public Administration advisory board is comprised of a diverse group of MPA alumni. Members serve for a minimum of 3 years on the council and help manage the future direction of the MPA program at Central Michigan University. 

Admissions data

Aggregate admission data for 2020-2021

Total Applicants to the Program137
Total Admitted Students59
Total Enrolled Students40

 

Mount Pleasant modality admission data for 2020-2021

(NOTE: The Mount Pleasant modality is currently not accepting new students.)

Applicants57
Admitted Students14
Enrolled Students5

 

Online modality admission data for 2020-2021

Applicants80
Admitted Students45
Enrolled Students35

 

Employment data for 2019-2020 graduates

(Note: The Mount Pleasant, MI Modality is currently not accepting new students)

 ​Total Across All ModalitiesMount Pleasant, MI ModalityOnline Modality
National or central government in the same country as the program514
​State, provincial, or regional government in the same country as the program615
City, county, or other local government in the same country as the program918
Government not in the same country as the program or international quasi-governmental330
Nonprofit domestic-oriented1239
Nonprofit/NGO internationally oriented000
Private Sector – research/consulting101
​Private Sector but not research/consulting000
​Obtaining further education000
Military service (full-time)202
Unemployed (not seeking employment)000
​Unemployed (seeking employment)101
​Status unknown505
Total44935

 

Historical graduation data

(Note: The Mount Pleasant, Saginaw, and Traverse City, MI Cohorts are not currently accepting new students)

 Initially EnrolledGraduated within 2 yearsGraduated within 3 yearsGraduated within 4 yearsTotal Students Graduated & Persisting to Graduation
Total Number of Students in the 2015-2016 Cohort Across All Modalities2317181818
Total Number of Students in the 2015-2016 Cohort in the Mount Pleasant, MI Modality117777
Total Number of Students in the 2015-2016 Cohort in the Saginaw, MI Modality119101010
Total Number of Students in the 2015-2016 Cohort in the Traverse City, MI Modality11111

 

Student learning outcomes

As part of the mission of the Central Michigan University MPA program and NASPAA accreditation, students are required to demonstrate mastery on the following universal public service competencies:

  • To lead and manage in public governance.
  • To participate in and contribute to the policy process.
  • To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions.
  • To articulate and apply a public service perspective.
  • To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

In addition to the universal competencies from NASPAA, the program has also adopted the following mission-based competencies. Students in the MPA program at Central Michigan University will develop and enhance their ability:

  • To integrate social, economic, political, and global trends in the management of public organizations.
  • To apply relevant systems of accountability, performance management, and transparency in the management of public organizations.
  • To define the challenges of intergovernmental and intersectoral relations in public organizations.
  • To recognize the importance of regional partners, nonprofit organizations, private sector organizations, and other units of government in the delivery of public services.

Using a unique scorecard approach, the program evaluates student mastery of these competencies in PAD 730 “Public Service Competencies.” Aggregate data on student mastery of competencies is included below:

Internship placements

Here are some of the internship placements site that our MPA students have completed: 

  • City of Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • City of Vassar, Michigan
  • City of Clare, Michigan
  • City of Flint, Michigan
  • Isabella County Office of Emergency Management, Michigan
  • Middle Michigan Development, Michigan
  • Isabella County Parks Office, Michigan
  • CMU MPA Program, Michigan
  • Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan
  • CMU Academic Effectiveness (Claudia Douglas), Michigan
  • House Fiscal Agency (Michigan House of Representatives), Michigan
  • Office of State Representative Tom Leonard, District 93, Michigan
  • Sweet Serenity (SSI), Inc., McDonough, Georgia
  • 29th Circuit Court Family Division, Ithaca, Michigan
  • Hudson Institute, Washington D.C.
  • Elk Rapids, Michigan
  • The Washington Center, Washington D.C.
  • Jimmy Carter Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Royal Oak, Michigan
  • City of Auburn, Michigan
  • Midland Area Community Foundation, Michigan

Past scholarship winners

Fulbright Scholars:

  • 2009-2010 Muzafar Abdulla Babkr
  • 2014-2016 Adel Al-Adlani 

Barbara P. Greene Endowed Scholarship in State & Local Government

  • 2012 - Jeffrey Stoutenburg
  • 2013 - Heather Heitsch
  • 2014 - No Award
  • 2015 - Michael Fisher
  • 2016 - Brian Lechel
  • 2017 - Kathy Tahtinen
  • 2018 - Winifred Walsh
  • 2019 - Danielle McCann
  • 2020 - Cassi Miller
  • 2021 - Charlisse Smith

Edward H. Potthoff Scholarship in Local Government Administration

  • 2012 - Andrew Knapp
  • 2013 - Anthony McCloud
  • 2014 - No Award
  • 2015 - Roy Atkinson
  • 2016 - Brian Lechel
  • 2017 - Taylor Hollis
  • 2018 - No Award
  • 2019 - Joe Frey
  • 2020 - Samantha Bohm
  • 2021 - Jamie Smith