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Important Information:


The SIUE MPA program accepts students each semester - Fall, Spring or Summer with no GMAT or GRE requirement.

Complete your MPA Degree

in Just 18 Months!

The SIUE MPA degree program has been restructured to meet the growing demand for a Master’s in Public Administration degree in a more accelerated format. Whether part-time or full-time, students no longer want to spend years completing a master’s degree. Students have family, work, and community obligations that draw heavily upon their time. To address these issues, the SIUE MPA degree is now offered on a grid system that allows students to take up to four classes a semester, but never more than two classes during any given period. The following offers an example of how classes would be structured in order to complete the courses and exit exam for your degree in 18 months.

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

1st Half

PAPA 500

PAPA 501

PAPA 420

PAPA 550




2nd Half

PAPA 530

PAPA 540


PAPA 510



Comprehensive Exam


The date of the MPA's Spring 2020 Comprehensive Exam will be Friday, April 3rd, from 8:30-1:00.  The registration form can be found on the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis website.  After filling out the form, please send the form as an attachment to

Registration forms along with the two required, non-graded essays must be submitted no later than Friday, March 6th. Registration forms and essays for the Spring 2020 MPA Comprehensive Exam will not be taken after March 6, 2020.


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