The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Clemson University is unique because it utilizes a virtual classroom allowing students to meet live and face-to-face with instructors over the Internet. Classes meet once a week from 5:30 to 8:00 PM, so that our students continue their careers while increasing their knowledge base and qualifications in public administration.
The online format has provided us with the opportunity to grow from a regional onsite presence to a national program. Most of our students are working professionals, with an average age of 33 and four to six years of experience. Because of the program’s online format, students log in from around the country and share their experiences in local government, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, the military, and the private sector. Networking is an integral aspect of our program, which grounds students in seminal theories regarding public administration while providing practical applications. Our faculty members bring exceptional levels of expertise and merge them with a level of academic rigor expected from a nationally ranked public university.
The Clemson MPA program utilizes Adobe Connect technology, which makes the program’s virtual classroom very different from other programs that offer only asynchronous online courses. Students attend live lectures online where they can ask questions and participate in interactive class discussions. Students can also access every lecture from each class through the online learning system, which makes reviewing material as simple as opening up your browser. Students who need more flexibility to attend asynchronously have that option, working with the Director and instructors to balance schedules.
The Clemson MPA curriculum offers adaptive course content related to real events in the global environment as they occur and allows for a concentration focus in any of the following major public administration disciplines:
- Sustainability and Public Administration
- Non-Profit Management
- Local Government
- Emergency Management
- Homeland Defense and Security
The Clemson MPA is currently the only graduate program in South Carolina to offer such specializations and one of the first programs in the nation to offer them in a live online format. Because of Clemson University’s academic reputation and the program’s flexibility, diversity and convenience, the Clemson MPA has grown and become very attractive to students and employers.
To learn more about this program, please visit the program website and download the Clemson MPA brochure. When applying, please know that we consider an applicant’s professional experience, statement of purpose, and all materials in determining admission.