Start earning your Masters degree while completing your Bachelor’s degree!
- Do you have a 3.3 GPA?
- Are you a junior Criminal Justice Studies, Political Science, or Public Management and Policy student?
- If you can answer YES to these questions, you may be a good fit for this program!
The Accelerated Master of Public Administration will enable academically talented University of Arizona undergraduates to complete their Bachelors (in CJS, POL, or PMPC) and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in as little as five years of study beginning with their freshman year as an undergraduate. This program is intended for students interested in enhancing their qualifications for admission to other graduate programs (such as Ph.D. programs or J.D. programs at law schools) and for students interested in an accelerated masters program.
The program is open to University of Arizona undergraduates majoring in Criminal Justice Studies, Political Science, or Public Management and Policy with a minimum 3.3 GPA. Students can apply for the program their junior year and if accepted take 12 graduate credits their senior year. They spend their fifth year completing the remaining 30 MPA units, including an internship during the summer.
To Determine Eligibility and Apply
Steps for applying:
1. Meet with your SGPP Undergraduate Advisor
a. Though you are welcome to meet with your advisor to ask general questions about the AMP program at any time, the appointment to formally start the application process should take place in the Spring semester prior to the Fall semester when you would begin the program. Please keep in mind that this program only accepts AMP students for the Fall semester of their senior year, and that students must be eligible to complete two semesters in the program (Fall and Spring).
b. To start the application process, you must ask your advisor to fill out an online form during your meeting (they have access to this); if you do not ask your advisor to fill out this form in the Spring semester prior to the Fall semester in which you would start the program, you will need to meet with your advisor again
2. Review the program and find out if it is suitable for your overall academic and professional goals
a. Feel free to contact Diane Darling, Graduate Programs Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have questions about the programs
3. Meet with U of A Scholarship and Financial Aid Office
a. Make sure this works with your financial plans and ask any questions you may have about graduate tuition (you will pay undergraduate tuition and program fees before undergraduate graduation in the first year of the program, but graduate tuition and program fees for your final year in the program)
b. Determine how the program impacts any of your scholarships and financial aid
a. Please keep in mind that you can only apply for this program for the Fall of your senior year
b. For general information and deadlines for the MPA Admissions process, please see the following link: https://mpa.sgpp.arizona.edu/mpa-admissions
c. GradApp Online Application - The final application deadline is July 1st for admission in the Fall.
After you have been admitted to the program:
1. Send any official transcripts you may have from different schools (if you transferred any credit to the U of A, these must be sent to the Graduate College: https://www.registrar.arizona.edu/academics/sending-college-level-transcripts-ua)
2. You must fill out the Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses form. This is how you will be enrolled in graduate level classes while you are still in the undergraduate portion of your program. Students are responsible for ensuring the petition has all necessary signatures. You may scan and email the completed form to Diane Darling at email@example.com for help getting signatures from the professor and department head; she will then email this back with the expectation that you will finish all other steps on the form.
For information on the Accelerated Masters Program for the Master of Public Policy, please see the following link: https://mpp.sgpp.arizona.edu/accelerated-master-public-policy
For information on the differences between a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Public Policy, please see the following link: https://mpa.sgpp.arizona.edu/mpa-vs-mpp