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 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 current and future practitioners with enriching learning experiences that advance their intellectual growth and increase the likelihood of respectful governance in a variety of public settings, characterized by accountable and ethical decision-making that engages stakeholders with effective leadership and management practices. 

Public service values

To achieve our mission and realize our vision, the MPA program at Central Michigan University emphasizes the following NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, & Administration) 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 public trust;
  • Promote participation and inclusiveness by demonstrating respect, equity, and fairness in dealings with members of society, stakeholders, and fellow public servants; and
  • Cultivating global, regional, and local awareness.

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 abilities:

  • 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 modality data for 2022-2023 
Total Applicants to the Program33
Total Admitted Students30
Total Enrolled Students24


Number of MPA Students Enrollment (10/16/2023): 45

Employment data for 2021-2022 graduates

 Employment DataOnline Modality
National or central government in the same country as the program0
​State, provincial, or regional government in the same country as the program2
City, county, or other local government in the same country as the program7
Foreign government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental          0
Nonprofit domestic-oriented6
​Private sector (not research/consulting)1
Military 1
​Status unknown10
Total number of graduates27

Historical graduation data 


 Initially EnrolledGrad 100% Pgm Length 7 semestersGrad 150% Pgm Length 11 semestersGrad 200% Pgm Length 14 semesters
Total Number of Students from Self- Study Report (2017-18): 45233335


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

  • 2011-2012 Jeffrey Stoutenburg
  • 2012-2013 Heather Heitsch
  • 2013-2014 Not awarded
  • 2014-2015 Michael Fisher
  • 2015-2016 Brian Lechel
  • 2016-2017 Kathy Tahtinen
  • 2017-2018 Winifred Walsh
  • 2018-2019 Danielle McCann
  • 2019-2020 Cassi Miller
  • 2020-2021 Charlisse Smith
  • 2021-2022 Nancy Cepeda
  • 2022-2023 Christopher Roosen
  • 2023-2024 Natalee Witt

Edward H. Potthoff Scholarship in Local Government Administration

  • 2011-2012 Andrew Knapp
  • 2012-2013 Anthony McCloud
  • 2013-2014 No Award
  • 2014-2015 Roy Atkinson
  • 2015-2016 Brian Lechel
  • 2016-2017 Taylor Hollis
  • 2017-2018 No Award
  • 2018-2019 Joe Frey
  • 2019-2020 Samantha Bohm
  • 2020-2021 Jamie Smith
  • 2021-2022 Kaitlyn Szczypka
  • 2022-2023 Jenessa Danielson
  • 2023-2024 Kaitlyn Szczypka