The MPA is a one-year degree for mid-career professionals with at least five years of full-time professional experience in government, military, government affairs in the private sector, or the nonprofit sector - in the U.S. or abroad.
The Ford School values many different things about an applicant, and considers all candidate credentials in making decisions about whom to admit. We strongly encourage students to gain work experience before applying. Students tell us that they find classroom discussions livelier and more productive when there is an exchange, not only of theoretical ideas, but examples from their peers' real-life experiences. Furthermore, work experience makes it easier to see the value of your public policy degree.