Masters of Public Administration (MPA)
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the nation‘s oldest African-American higher education institution, is offering a 36 credit-hour Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program with two degree tracks: a pre-professional Master of Public Administration, and an Executive Master of Public Administration. This places Cheyney in a unique position to address the need to increase the number of senior-level Minorities in public administration. Courses will emphasize methods that public administrators should use to address the needs of the nation’s changing population.
Depending on previous administrative work experience, students may be admitted to either the Executive or the Pre-Professional track. Individuals with at least five years of management experience will be eligible for the Executive MPA degree program track. Cheyney University will offer weekend and evening courses to accommodate student needs, with on-line courses planned within two years. Students enrolled in the Cheyney University MPA program with little or no management experience will pursue a pre-professional program consisting of 24 hours of core coursework, with up to 9 hours in electives, and 6 hours of an internship experience that includes an internship paper. These requirements correspond with the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) curriculum standards. All students, pre-professional and executive, will be required to spend at least one academic year completing the core requirements as outlined by NASPAA.
The Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) program resides in Cheyney University’s School of Arts & Sciences, and is administered by the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences in cooperation with the Dean of Graduate Studies. Classes are held evenings and Saturdays and are taught at the Cheyney University Urban Center at 8th and Market Streets in Philadelphia.
The MPA program at Cheyney is intended to offer maximum flexibility for a diverse body of students – some of whom may have just completed the Bachelor’s degree, others of whom may be experienced professionals seeking to enhance their skills. Courses may be offered in the traditional 15 week semester format, the accelerated 7½ week semester format, and also during the Summer semesters. Plans are also in place to offer some, or all, of the courses online. With this flexibility, it may be possible to acquire the MPA within 1 year, although for most students it will be more practical to get the degree in 1½ to 2 years. A full course load for graduate studies at Cheyney University is 9 credit hours per semester.