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  • James Vike, PhD

    • Director, MPA Program
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 229
    • tel: 610-499-1120
  • Gertrude Depew

    • Administrative Assistant, MPA Program
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
    • tel: 610-499-4365

FAQs, Master in Public Administration

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the master in public administration (MPA) program at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Approximately two years, three semesters per year, two courses per semester.

Can I transfer courses from other programs at Widener or from another institution?

Yes. Students can take up to two elective courses in other Widener graduate programs pending approval of both programs. Up to six credits of relevant graduate coursework from outside Widener can be transferred pending program approval.

Are any classes taught completely online?

No. Widener’s MPA faculty members believe that face-to-face instruction is critical to effective public administration education. Several courses incorporate online components so that not every class meeting is held on campus. 

Do you offer scholarships or graduate assistantships?

No. While students can apply for financial aid if they enroll in six credits a semester, we do not offer scholarships or assistantships specifically through the MPA program. MPA students do, however, have the opportunity to apply for assistantships in other programs and offices on campus.

Do you offer internships for credit?

Yes. MPA students can apply for up to six credits of approved internship placements. These are most often identified through the student’s own contacts and interests or in consultation with our regular and practitioner faculty.