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General Information

The Master of Public Administration program at Central Michigan University is a fully accredited program through NASPAA. This program is offered on campus and can be completed in two years with 37 semester hours. We also offer a certificate in Professional Development in Public Administration. This program specializes in State and Local Government, Public Management and Nonprofit and general concentrations. Click here to view s​tude​nt admission data.


Tuition and Fees

Click here to view the university's tuition and fees

 

Methods of Program Delivery

 

Concentration 

The Master of Public Administration has 3 specific concentrations, which are:
  • Non Profit
  • State and Local Government
  • General 
The Public Management Concentration ended in Fall 2016.


Mission/Vision 

Click here to view our Mission and Vision Statement/Public Service Values


Admission Data

Applications to the MPA program are accepted throughout the academic year. To apply for any of our program locations please follow this link https://apply.cmich.edu.

​Aggregate Admission Data for 2016-2017​ ​
​Completed Applications
​Admitted Students
​Enrolled Students
​44
​39
​22


​Mount Pleasant Admission Data for 2016-2017
​Completed Applications
​Admitted Students
​Enrolled Students
​30
​25
​10


​Traverse City Admission Data for 2016-2017​ ​
​Completed Applications
​Admitted Students
​Enrolled Students
​10
​8
​8


​East Lansing Admission Data for 2016-2017*
​Completed Applications
​Admitted Students
​Enrolled Students
​4
​4
​4

*The East Lansing cohort did not reach admission requirements. Admitted students worked with MPA program advisors to transition to the Online MPA, that launched in the Fall of 2017.


Enrollment Data Fall 2017

AGGREGATE OF ALL MPA STUDENTS
Number of new students entering the program in the Fall of 2017: 36
Percentage of currently enrolled students who are considered Out of State students: 11%
Percentage of currently enrolled students who are considered International students: 13%
Percentage of currently enrolled students who identify as Female: 57%
Percentage of currently enrolled students who are considered Part-Time students: 67%

Graduation Data

66% of all individuals who started the MPA program graduated from those individuals who entered the program in the 2011-2012 academic year.
67% of all Mount Pleasant, MI students who entered the program in the 2011-2012 academic year graduated.
87% of all Auburn Hills, MI students who entered the program in the 2011-2012 academic year graduated.
42% of all Richmond, VA students who entered the program in the 2011-2012 academic year graduated.

Program completion typically takes 24 months. Mount Pleasant students typically attend full time, nine credit hours for four semesters, Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring. Online and face-to-face cohort students typically take one course every eight weeks.



Employment Data 2015-2016 Graduates

Fast facts for entire MPA program graduates: n=42

  • 5 MPA graduates work for the U.S. national or central government agencies 
  • 2 MPA graduates work for state, provincial or regional government agencies
  • 6 MPA graduates work for city, county or other local U.S. government agencies
  • 3 MPA graduates work for governments not in the same country as the program
  • 6 MPA graduates work for domestic-oriented nonprofit organizations
  • 1 MPA graduate works for internationally oriented nonprofit or NGO’s
  • 3 MPA graduates work for the private sector excluding research and consulting
  • 3 MPA graduates are obtaining further education
  • 13 MPA graduates status is unknown
Do you know MPA alumni whose information may not be included in this list? Please have them contact the program with their updated information, via phone (989) 774-3862 or email mpa@cmich.edu.

Employment Data 2015-2016 Graduates by Location


​Main Campus, Mount Pleasant, MI
Employment Information for 2015-2016 Graduates
​U.S. national or central government agencies
​1
​City, county, or other local government agencies
​4
​Governments not in the same country as the program
​3
​Domestic-oriented nonprofit organizations
​2
​Private sector not research or consulting
​2
​Obtaining further education
​3
​Status unknown
​6
Total Graduates
​21



Satellite Campus, Dearborn, MI
Employment Information for 2015-2016 Graduates
​U.S. national or central government agencies
1
​State, provincial, or regional government
2
​City, county, or other local government agencies
1
​Domestic-oriented nonprofit organizations
1
​Internationally oriented nonprofit or NGO
​1
Status Unknown
3
Total Graduates
9​



Satellite Campus, Traverse City, MI
Employment Information for 2015-2016 Graduates
​U.S. national or central government agencies
1
Domestic-oriented nonprofit organizations
3
Total Graduates
4​



Satellite Campus, Atlanta, GA
Employment Information for 2015-2016 Graduates
​City, county, or other local government agencies
1
​Private sector not research or consulting
1
Status Unknown
2
Total Graduates
4​



Satellite Campus, Alexandria, VA
Employment Information for 2015-2016 Graduates
​U.S. national or central government agencies
2
Status Unknown
2
Total Graduates
4​


Fulbright Scholars:

Muzafar Abdulla Babkr 2009-2010 

Adel Al-Adlani 2014-2016

Scholarship Winners:

BARBARA P. GREENE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

2012 - Jeffrey Stoutenburg

2013 - Heather Heitsch

2015 - Michael Fisher

2016 - Brian Lechel

2017 - Kathy Tahtinen


EDWARD H. POTTHOFF, Jr. SCHOLARSHIP IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION

2012 - Andrew Knapp

2013 - Anthony McCloud

2015 - Roy Atkinson

2016 - Brian Lechel​

2017 - Taylor Hollis


Public Administration Faculty

Click her​e to view a list of Public Administration Faculty


Internship Placement

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

 
City of Flint, Michigan
City of Mt. Pleasant, 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
Office of State Representative Tom Leonard, District 93
Sweet Serenity (SSI), Inc
29th Circuit Court Family Division,  Ithaca, Michigan
Hudson Institute
MLGMA (Bay City City Manager), Michigan
Clare, Michigan
Elk Rapids, Michigan
Washington Center
Jimmy Carter Foundation
Royal Oak, Michigan
City of Auburn, Michigan
Midland Area Community Foundation, Michigan

Faculty Contribution

Click here to view faculty publications and contributions to public policy and administration

                       

PA Advisory Board

Central Michigan University’s Public Administration Advisory board is comprised of a diverse group of MPA alums. Members serve for a minimum of 3 years on the council and provide guidance, feedback and insight in current public service sector concerns.

 
Their mission and vision statements were drafted in 2009. Click here to view the PA Advisory Board.