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Public Administration Early Start (Linked B.S. or B.A. & M.P.A.)

The Early Start MPA (4+1) is a fast-tracked program designed for highly motivated students to continue their education immediately after their bachelor's degree. It is especially beneficial to individuals seeking work or advancement in the government or non-profit sectors. After receiving their undergraduate degree, students will continue with the Master of Public Administration program, taking courses until completing the required 39 credit hours for the degree. Students can choose to pursue a traditional MPA or concentrations in Multisector Public Service or Non-Profit Management and Governance. The MPA program also offers certificates in Public Procurement and Contract Management and Public Administration & Public Policy. Students can complete the Early Start MPA (4+1) in an intensive year of work. A potential course of study may include • Up to 9 credit hours* in the final undergraduate year • 1-3 classes in the Summer • 3-4 courses in the Fall • and 3-4 courses in the Spring The MPA program is flexible and will extend the expected completion time for a student if this proves difficult.

Public Administration Early Start (Linked B.S. or B.A. & M.P.A.)


Description


What is Public Administration Early Start at ODU like?

The Early Start MPA (4+1) is a fast-tracked program designed for highly motivated students to continue their education immediately after their bachelor's degree. It is especially beneficial to individuals seeking work or advancement in the government or non-profit sectors. After receiving their undergraduate degree, students will continue with the Master of Public Administration program, taking courses until completing the required 39 credit hours for the degree. Students can choose to pursue a traditional MPA or concentrations in Multisector Public Service or Non-Profit Management and Governance. The MPA program also offers certificates in Public Procurement and Contract Management and Public Administration & Public Policy. Students can complete the Early Start MPA (4+1) in an intensive year of work. A potential course of study may include • Up to 9 credit hours* in the final undergraduate year • 1-3 classes in the Summer • 3-4 courses in the Fall • and 3-4 courses in the Spring The MPA program is flexible and will extend the expected completion time for a student if this proves difficult.

Program Highlights


What makes Public Administration Early Start at ODU unique?

  • Earn up to 12 graduate credits while you complete your bachelor’s degree

  • #15 Most Affordable Online Colleges for MPA Degrees, 2019 – OnlineU.org

  • Take classes on campus or online

  • NASPAA accredited by the Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

The Master of Public Administration in the School of Public Service at Old Dominion University develops professionals trained to lead in diverse, multi-sector environments.  Our graduates serve the Hampton Roads region, state, and nation in public administration and public service careers such as city managers, non-profit executive directors, community development directors, law enforcement administrators, financial analysts, public relations managers, human resources managers, and social services administrators.

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

$97,440

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Public Relations Specialists

$67,990

MEDIAN SALARY


Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$127,690

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

Chief Executives

$196,050

MEDIAN SALARY


Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Public Administration Early Start at ODU?

PADM 651:
Administrative Theory I: The Context of Public Administration


Introduction to the profession of public administration; the evolution and development of the field, the role of organizations in contemporary American government, and the roles of politics and administration. The course also provides an introduction to the necessary skills for successful graduate study.

PADM 701:
Public Policy and Evaluation


Exploration of key theories and approaches to public policy. This course covers all phases of the policy process, from formulation to evaluation, with particular focus upon the substance, political dynamics, and evolution of public policy.

PADM 723:
Ethics in Public Administration


This course reviews the theory and application of ethics in the public sector, identifying public values and how they apply in the administration of government. It reviews sources of values employed in public sector decision-making, and reviews how values in public administration are managed and applied. Systems of professional ethics are reviewed in the context of public professions. Case studies and best practices are examined to help the student understand the application of administrative ethics in public management.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Public Administration Early Start at ODU?

Students entering the BA+MPA,BS+MPA program in Public Administration Early Start should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

Who Can Apply?

The Early Start MPA (4+1) is suitable for students from any undergraduate major. A few of the traditional disciplines that feed naturally into Public Administration careers are Political Science, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Social Work, Education, and Public Service minors.

What Should I Do First?

  1. As early as possible, tell your academic advisor that you're interested in the early start MPA program. They'll help you plan your undergraduate course of study based on MPA requirements.
  2. Apply to the MPA program between your junior year and no later than the application deadline during the first semester of the senior year.
  • Complete general education requirements by the end of your junior year

  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher at the end of junior year

  • Apply to the MPA program via Graduate Admissions (i.e., ODU graduate application, including personal statement, GRE or GRE waiver, two letters of recommendation, and other application requirements set by graduate admissions).

  • When applying, make the application for the session right after completion of the undergraduate degree (example: if graduating in the Spring, apply for that Summer session).

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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School of Public Service Chair


Name:

SAMUEL L. Brown


Location:

209 CONSTANT HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5825


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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