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If you are hoping to pursue a career path that includes management in a nonprofit, public, or government organization, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the degree for you.
SPPA's part-time MPA program, or Career Enhancement Option (C.E.O.) is the same fully accredited, highly respected MPA program in which our full-time students enroll, but geared toward a part-time student who already has some experience working in the nonprofit or public sector. Our MPA program is the only one in the state of Delaware that is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), assuring students and employers of high quality.
benefits of earning an accredited, respected MPA degree, SPPA offers so
much more to our students. While studying here, you would have
access to a network of influential public and nonprofit professionals—including elected officials, nonprofit leaders, policy makers, and more.
These valuable connections enrich your educational experience and can
go a long way in helping you pursue a meaningful, successful career path
after you graduate.
Students from a
wide range of undergraduate backgrounds have found the MPA degree
beneficial. Students from political science, business, social work,
nursing, accounting, and even music and the fine arts have used the MPA
degree to prepare for career advancement or a job change. The most
successful applicants are those with 3+ years of related professional
The MPA C.E.O.
allows students to earn their MPA on a part-time basis in a little more
than three years of study if classes are taken year round (during the fall
semester, winter session, spring semester, and summer session).
We ensure that evening classes are offered to fit well with the work
schedules of busy practitioners.
View/download the MPA C.E.O. plan of study.
As an MPA
C.E.O. student, you would take some courses with members of your cohort
group and others with the entire student body. Valuable support is
readily available from your peer network in the cohort group, as
well as from faculty and other students in SPPA.
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The final deadline for fall semester applications is
July 1, and the deadline to apply for spring semester is December 1.
Please see our application materials page for a link to the online application and the required materials.
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