Policies

  • It is strongly recommended that students complete PA 6601 (Research Methods in Public Administration) and PA 6610 (Foundations of Public Administration) within their first 18 hours in the MPA program
  • Students must achieve a “B” or better in Research Methods for Public Administration (PA 6601) and Capstone (PA 6699)
  • PA 6699 must be your last core class (or taken in conjunction  with your last core class with the instructors permission)
  • Transfer credits
    • A maximum of 12 credit hours taken at another regionally accredited university with a grade of “B” or better can be applied to the MPA degree
      • If you have a masters degree, only 6 credit hours can be transferred
    • Professional Military Education (PME) hours will not be accepted for core classes, but can be used for elective courses in your concentration

Graduate Polices

  • Conditional admission:
    • Students must have 3.0 GPA after the first three classes to continue in the program
  • You must have a 3.0 GPA to graduate
  • If you receive a grade of “D” or “F” in a core course, you must retake the course
  • “D” of “F” in an elective course, the course may be retaken or another elective taken in its place
    • If a class is retaken, all grades received count toward your GPA
  • If you have three grades below a “B”  you will be academically dropped from the program for one year
  • 8 year rule – all credits used to satisfy your degree requirements must be completed within 8 years
    • This includes transfer credits
  • If you are not enrolled in courses for 1 and up to 3 years, you must contact Student Services and complete a Readmission to Graduate School Application
  • If you are not enrolled in courses for 3 or more years, you must meet all degree requirements current at the time of readmission and complete a Readmission to Graduate School Application
  • University Honor Code
    • According to the Student Handbook, a student is subject to disciplinaryaction “Where the work affects or might affect a student’s grade, credit, or status in the university, a student represents to be his or her own any work that is not the product of his or her own study and efforts (known as plagiarism).”
    • This includes using work completed for one class for another without the express permission of the instructor
  • Grade appeals
    • What you cannot appeal:
      • Grades based on allegations concerning the competence of a faculty member
      • Fairness of an examination
      • Difficulty of the course
      • Grades for individual assignments or exams
      • Any other matter of a purely academic nature
  • Please see the Graduate Catalog for procedures to file an appeal
  • Intent to Graduate:
    • Make sure to file Intent to Graduate a full term before you finish  (see advisor for deadlines)
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