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, 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:
  • Nonprofit
  • State and Local Government
  • General 


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 2017-2018​ ​
​Completed Applications
​Admitted Students
​Enrolled Students
​74
​68
​45


​Mount Pleasant Admission Data for 2017-2018
​Completed Applications
​Admitted Students
​Enrolled Students
​24
​21
​13


​Traverse City Admission Data for 2017-2018​ ​
​Completed Applications
​Admitted Students
​Enrolled Students
2
2
​2


​Online Admission Data for 2017-2018
​Completed Applications
​Admitted Students
​Enrolled Students
​48
​45
3​4


Enrollment Data Fall 2018

AGGREGATE OF ALL MPA STUDENTS
Number of new students entering the program in the Fall of 2018: 37
Total number of students currently enrolled: 100
Percentage of currently enrolled students who are considered Out of State students: 15%
Percentage of currently enrolled students who are considered International students: 7%
Percentage of currently enrolled students who identify as Female: 62%
Percentage of currently enrolled students who are considered Part-Time students: 63%
Percentage of currently enrolled students who are considered person of diversity: 30%

Graduation Data (2012-2013 Academic Year)


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.

Graduation Data


​Initially Enrolled
​Graduated within 2 years
​Graduated within 3 years
​Graduated within 4 years
​Total Students Graduated & Persisting to Graduation
​Total Number of Students in the ARY-5 Cohort
​58
​42
​47
​49
​51


Main Campus - Mount Pleasant


​Initially Enrolled
​Graduated within 2 years
​Graduated within 3 years
​Graduated within 4 years
​Total Students Graduated & Persisting to Graduation
​Total Number of Students in the ARY-5 Cohort
​10
​8
​9
​9
​10


Satellite Campus - East Lansing 2


​Initially Enrolled
​Graduated within 2 years
​Graduated within 3 years
​Graduated within 4 years
​Total Students Graduated & Persisting to Graduation
​Total Number of Students in the ARY-5 Cohort
14
12
12
12
12


Satellite Campus - Dearborn 2 Detroit 11


​Initially Enrolled
​Graduated within 2 years
​Graduated within 3 years
​Graduated within 4 years
​Total Students Graduated & Persisting to Graduation
​Total Number of Students in the ARY-5 Cohort
19
13
15
16
16

Satellite Campus - Atlanta 6


​Initially Enrolled
​Graduated within 2 years
​Graduated within 3 years
​Graduated within 4 years
​Total Students Graduated & Persisting to Graduation
​Total Number of Students in the ARY-5 Cohort
15
9
11
12
13



Employment Data 2016-2017 Graduates

Fast facts for entire MPA program graduates: n=24

  • 0 MPA graduates work for the U.S. national or central government agencies 
  • 5 MPA graduates work for state, provincial or regional government agencies
  • 3 MPA graduates work for city, county or other local U.S. government agencies
  • 7 MPA graduates work for domestic-oriented nonprofit organizations
  • 3 MPA graduate works for internationally oriented nonprofit or NGO’s
  • 1 MPA graduates work for the private sector excluding research and consulting
  • 3 MPA graduates are obtaining further education
  • 2 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 2016-2017 Graduates by Location


​Main Campus, Mount Pleasant, MI
Employment Information for 2016-2017 Graduates​ n = 9
​U.S. national or central government agencies
​0
​City, county, or other local government agencies
1
​Governments not in the same country as the program
0
​Domestic-oriented nonprofit organizations
2
​Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented
2​
​Private sector - Research/Consulting
​1
​Private sector not research or consulting
​0
​Obtaining further education
2
​Military service
​0
​Unemployed (not seeking employment)
​0
​Unemployed (seeking employment)
​0
​Status unknown
1
Total Graduates
9



Satellite Campus, Dearborn, MI #2
Employment Information for 2016-2017 Graduates​ n = 1
​State, provincial, or regional government
1

Total Graduates
1



​Satellite Campus, Saginaw, MI
Employment Information for 2016-2017 Graduates​ n = 8
State, provincial, or regional government
​3
​City, county, or other local government agencies
1
​Domestic-oriented nonprofit organizations
4
Total Graduates
8


​Main Campus, Traverse City, MI #1
Employment Information for 2016-2017 Graduates​ n = 3
​State, provincial or regional government
1​
​City, county, or other local government agencies
1
​Status unknown
1
Total Graduates
3



Satellite Campus, Warren, MI
Employment Information for 2016-2017 Graduates​ n=2
Status Unknown
2
Total Graduates
2



Satellite Campus, Alexandria, VA
Employment Information for 2016-2017 Graduates​ n = 1
Domestic-oriented nonprofit organizations
1
Total Graduates
1



Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes


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

2018 - Winifred Walsh


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

2012 - Andrew Knapp

2013 - Anthony McCloud

2015 - Roy Atkinson

2016 - Brian Lechel​

2017 - Taylor Hollis

2018 - Not awarded


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.