Degree Requirements

Core courses, electives, and an experiential component

The SPEA Connect Online MPA is a 48 credit-hour program consisting of three components:

  1. Core courses (6 courses, 18 credit hours)
  2. Advanced electives (10 courses, 30 credit hours) minus any professional experience or internship credit. Students are required to focus in at least one of the following MPA advanced curriculum areas: Public Management, Nonprofit Management, Policy Analysis, or Public Budgeting and Financial Management.
  3. An experiential component completed through an internship or waived through prior professional experience.  You may also earn up to 12 credit hours for your prior professional experience.

We recommend taking two courses a semester, but you may take more with permission from the faculty director. Summer courses are offered, too. Students in our program are able to juggle their careers, family obligations, and course work. Find the right balance for you.  

Receive credit for your professional experience

You may be eligible to receive credit for the experiential component—typically three to six hours—for prior professional and military experience (PPE) or volunteer service in Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America.