Master of Public Administration - FAQs

Q. Do I need to have a specific type of undergraduate degree to apply?

A. No. The MPA program is designed to accommodate a variety of students from different backgrounds. An undergraduate degree in a specific field of study is not required. Students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds are encouraged to apply if they feel that training in public administration would further their personal, academic, and career goals.

Q. How long does it take to complete the MPA program?

A. Full-time students would be expected to complete the program in one and a half years. Part-time students should be able to complete the program in three to four years.

Part-time students who move at a slower pace will be expected to complete the program in no more than five years, after which time the coursework begins to expire.

Q. How are courses offered?

A. The courses will be taught in both a traditional 14-week format as well as alternative formats as outlined below:

  • Traditional: 14-week/2.5 hours per week format (35 hours)
  • Accelerated: 7-week/five hours every other week format (35 hours)
  • Intensive: Saturdays (7 five-hour meetings spread over 7 or 14 weeks, or 5 Saturdays for 7 hours each; 35 hours)
  • Summer: 7-week accelerated (35 hours)
  • Online or hybrid formats of any of the above schedules

Q. How are the courses structured?

A. Traditional courses are taught as lectures/ seminars. Courses offered in other formats are designed to offer the same type of classroom experience as the traditional format. Some classes use online discussion, chats, blogs, electronic portfolios, and other mechanisms as ways to enhance the course experience.

Q. What is the tuition for this degree program?

A. Tuition for the MPA program will be published after April 1, 2013 in advance of the inaugural Fall 2013 enrollment. Call (203) 254-4184 for more information.

Q. What is the application deadline?

A. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Q. Do I need to take the GRE's?

A. No. However, we will look closely at your undergraduate academic record and professional achievements when considering your application.

Q. Can I transfer graduate credits? If so, how many?

A. Requests to transfer a limited number of credits will be evaluated by the Master of Public Administration Steering Committee on a case-by-case basis.

Q. Can I apply to this program as an international student?

A. Yes, review the application requirements for international students.

Q. Whom do I call if I have questions?

A. For information about admission, contact gradadmis@fairfield.edu. For information about the program, contact Dr. Mark LeClair, Director of the Master’s of Public Administration program.

Q. How do I learn more about the MPA program?

A. Contact the Director of the program for more information: Dr. Mark LeCLair, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2295, attend one of our Graduate Information Sessions, or Apply online