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    Online Master Degree in Public Administration

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Masters Degree in Public Administration - Master's Enrollment: 100 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail Subject: Public Administration and Social Service Professions METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

     
    DESCRIPTION
    The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a web-based applied degree program that prepares students for successful administrative careers in the public and not-for-profit sectors. The MPA core curriculum prepares students to address administrative challenges such as personnel management, budgeting, and public policy. Elective courses allow the student to acquire additional expertise in areas such as environmental policy, management, and criminal justice policy.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    N/A
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    Students need a computer/modem combination that will adequately support an Internet browser. It is recommended that students have the following minimum configuration: Windows 98/2000 OS 8.x, 64MB RAM 56KB Modem, and a color monitor(SVGA preferred). Microsoft Office Suite(Word, Excel, and Power Point) are used in conjunction with almost all the courses. Additional software may be required for some courses.
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    Students may access the University Library electronically. They must obtain an 14 digit ID number that enables them to access materials through WEBLUIS for purposes of course work and research. In addition, the library provides special support to students at a distance for obtaining or reproducing research for their course work. Off campus e-databases are also available for all students.
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    In many cases, FGCU offers financial aid through its Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. The office is responsible for the administration of grants, scholarships, loan, and student employment programs. Visit our web site at or call 941-590-7920. Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus status has been extended to distance learning programs.. Students accepted into the program from those states will pay the in-state tuition rate. Prospective students should contact their state's common market coordinator.

    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    N/A
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    The following are minimum requirements for the master's degree:
    o Apply for graduation by the deadline indicated in the university calendar.
    o Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
    o At least 20 hours of the course work for the degree must be non-thesis.
    o Meet the university residency requirement of at least 25 percent of coursework for the degree being earned at FGCU.
    o Complete all program requirements, as determined by the appropriate college.
    Consult with program coordinators for specific details regarding graduation requirements.
     
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
    Following admission to the program, all MPA students are assigned a faculty advisor. The MPA faculty advisor assists students with individual academic program planning, selection of areas of concentration, and choice of electives. The student's MPA faculty advisor may also work jointly with other faculty in and outside the Division of Public Affairs on courses related to the student's concentration area. Students who wish to have a particular faculty member serve as their regular advisor may make this request with the division chair.
    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
    Transfer coursework. FGCU will transfer graduate courses with a grade of B or higher by equating them to specific FGCU courses. Coursework will only be transferred from regionally accredited institutions. Equivalent FGCU course numbers will be entered on the student's official academic transcript. Transfer credits are not computed into a student's FGCU grade point average. Please refer to the specific graduate program to determine the number of transfer credit hours that will be accepted and other transfer requirements.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    None
    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
    N/A
    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
    Applicants for admission to the MPA program are expected to meet or exceed the following requirements:
    (1) A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning;
    (2) Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) within the last five years;
    (3) Any one of the following: a) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours attempted at the upper-division undergraduate level; or b) a combined score of 1000 or higher on the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE exam; or c) a 45 or higher on the MAT;
    (4) Completion of 15 hours of undergraduate coursework in the social sciences or business, including 3 hours in quantitative skills;
    (5) International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

     


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