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Pre-MPA Course Sequence

Does your future include a Master in Public Administration (MPA)?

Begin working toward your future today by enrolling in one of UVM’s “Pre-MPA courses”. Each of the courses in our “Pre-MPA Sequence” is a prerequisite for UVM’s MPA Program. Completion of these courses is required before students are permitted to enroll in MPA courses. The Master of Public Administration at the University of Vermont is a professional interdisciplinary degree that prepares pre and in-service leaders, managers and policy analysts by combining the theoretical and practical foundations of public administration focusing on the complexity of governance systems and the democratic, collaborative traditions that are a hallmark of Vermont communities.

Complete undergraduate level prerequisite courses to prepare for your MPA

  • Prior to applying to the Graduate College take up to 3 MPA courses to see if the program is right for you.
  • Prerequisite courses are offered in combination online, in the evening and during the day year round.
  • MPA courses are offered in the evening in the fall and spring semesters or in intensive summer formats for working professionals.

Start anytime.

Pre-MPA Required Courses

  1. Macroeconomic Principles (EC 011)
  2. Statistics (STAT 111)
  3. American Political System (POLS 021)

Fall 2014

SectionTitleInstructorsDatesDaysTimesCreditsCRN
EC 011 ZRA

Only 1 Seat Available, Register Soon!

  • Marc Law
to Tue
Thu
to 394340
EC 011 ZRB

Only 1 Seat Available, Register Soon!

  • William Gibson
to Tue
Thu
to 394341
EC 011 ZRC

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  • Arthur Woolf
to Tue
Thu
to 394342
EC 011 ZRD

Only 2 Seats Available, Register Soon!

  • Stephanie Seguino
to Tue
Thu
to 394343
EC 012 ZRA

Only 2 Seats Available, Register Soon!

  • Sara Solnick
to Mon
Wed
Fri
to 394344
PA 301 ZRA

This section is full: view available options

  • Christopher Koliba
to Mon to 392131
PA 305 Z1
  • Richard Cate
to Tue to 391430
POLS 021 ZRB

This section is full: view available options

  • Garrison Nelson
to Tue
Thu
to 394531
POLS 021 ZRD

This section is full: view available options

  • Deborah Guber
to Tue
Thu
to 394540
POLS 021 ZRE

This section is full: view available options

  • Anthony Gierzynski
to Tue
Thu
to 394541
STAT 111 OL1 (online)

This section is full: view available options

  • Abigail Crocker
to N/ASee Notes 394586
STAT 111 ZRC

This section is full: view available options

  • Karen Benway
to Mon
Wed
Fri
to 394587
STAT 111 ZRE
  • Karla Karstens
to Mon
Wed
Fri
to 394588
STAT 111 ZRF

This section is full: view available options

  • Karla Karstens
to Mon
Wed
Fri
to 394589

There are no courses that meet this criteria.

Summer 2014

SectionTitleInstructorsDatesDaysTimesCreditsCRN
EC 011 OL1 (online)

Only 1 Seat Available, Register Soon!

  • Richard Sicotte
to N/ASee Notes 360062
EC 011 OL2 (online)

This section is full: view available options

  • Richard Sicotte
to N/ASee Notes 360178
EC 011 Z1
  • Catalina Vizcarra
to Tue
Wed
Thu
to 360142
EC 012 Z1
  • John Summa
to Wed
Thu
Fri
to 360143
PA 395 OL1 (online)
  • Richard Cate
to N/ASee Notes 360536
to Tue to
POLS 021 OL1 (online)
  • David Plazek
to N/ASee Notes 360880
POLS 021 OL2 (online)

Only 2 Seats Available, Register Soon!

  • David Plazek
to N/ASee Notes 360881
POLS 021 Z1
  • Jody Prescott
to Tue
Wed
Thu
to 360024
STAT 111 OL1 (online)

Only 2 Seats Available, Register Soon!

  • Karen Benway
to N/ASee Notes 360169
STAT 111 OL2 (online)
  • Karen Benway
to N/ASee Notes 360108

There are no courses that meet this criteria.

Students should have fluency in the Microsoft Office Professional group of applications, including Access. They may obtain this through course instruction, work experience, or self-instruction.

Pre-MPA Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to apply to the sequence?

There is no application process for the sequence. You simply register for a particular course when it’s offered. Courses have enrollment limits, so we encourage you to enroll early. You should possess a bachelor’s degree before applying for the MPA Program.

Where are classes offered?

Courses are offered through Continuing Education. Some courses in the sequence are available online while others are offered on the main UVM Campus in Burlington during the lunch hours and at varying times throughout the day.

Do I have to complete the prerequisite courses before I apply for admission to UVM’s MPA Program?

No, you can apply and be accepted to the Graduate College.

Complete the inquiry form, and we will provide you with more information or answer any questions you have on this program.

Advising for Pre-MPA Students

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the MPA Program Faculty Chair, Dr. Chris Koliba, welcome inquiries concerning the MPA Program.

For information about pre-MPA courses, please call Continuing Education at 802-656-2085 or complete the inquiry form and we will provide you with more information on this program. To speak with a Continuing Education Advisor, please call 802-656-2085.

For Pre-MPA Program Information Contact:
Continuing Education at 802-656-2085

Time of Day Courses Meet:
Some courses are available online. Others are offered at the noon hour and others are scheduled for various times throughout the day and evening.

Information on the MPA Program is available at http://www.uvm.edu/~mpa/

Careers in public administration

Overview: Public administration in and of itself is interdisciplinary. People who pursue master’s of public administration degrees, therefore, come from a wide variety of careers and undergraduate disciplines, including political science, history, economics, English, social work, health sciences, environmental studies, biological sciences, criminal justice, sociology, journalism and more.

No matter what their background or career goals, graduates will benefit from an MPA. It gives them a better understanding of how organizations work and should be managed, as well as deeper knowledge of public policy and budget issues. An MPA degree is popular with students committed to public service; they want to make a difference by solving society’s problems and developing programs and policies that better their communities – and the world.

Careers: Pursuing an MPA opens up numerous career possibilities. Graduates may work in government, education, healthcare, business or the nonprofit arena. Students use an MPA to change careers or advance in their current jobs, especially in governmental and nonprofit organizations.

The careers that MPA graduates pursue are diverse. Popular careers include: executive director of a nonprofit, program administrator of a nonprofit, budget analyst, policy analyst, human resources manager, management analyst, business consultant, purchasing manager, and managers in city, state and federal government. Another job possibility is as a social and community service manager, an occupation that is one of the fastest-growing nationwide, expected to increase 25 percent by 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salaries: MPA graduates generally make better salaries than they did before pursuing the advanced degree. For instance, nonprofit leadership jobs and their average salaries, according to the Nonprofit Times Annual Salary Survey, include executive director, $149,000; chief of direct marketing, $89,000; program director, $80,000; development director, $77,000; planned giving officer and major gifts officer, $73,000; and director of volunteers, $42,000. And the BLS lists the average salary for local government managers as $91,000; for state government managers, $98,000; and for social and community service managers, $59,000.

In Vermont, management analysts are among the highest-wage jobs with the most openings through 2016; they make an average $80,000 annually, according to the BLS. Other MPA-related salaries in Vermont include human resources managers, with an average annual salary of $91,000; and social and community service managers, $53,000.

UVM’s program: We offer a pre-MPA Course Sequence, featuring prerequisite courses for UVM’s MPA Program.

More information: For information on the pre-MPA Course Sequence call 800-639-3210 or 656-2085, or fill out the inquiry form.

For information on the MPA Program, visit http://www.uvm.edu/~mpa/.

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