Tuition costs for Virginia state residents are under $2,500 per 3 credit hour course and for out-of-state residents are under $4,700 per 3 credit hour course for the 2016-2017 academic year.
For detail regarding graduate tuition costs, please see the website of the Virginia Tech University Bursar.
Financial aid is available. In addition, graduate assistantships are available to full time students.
For more information, please see the website of the Virginia Tech Graduate School.
CPAP MPA students have the opportunity to undertake internships during their course of study. Internships enable pre and early career students to gain work experience with the option of earning three elective credits. Students who will have three years or fewer of experience in either governmental or nongovernmental public affairs jobs at the completion of their coursework are required to undertake an internship. Internship activities normally include a full-time assignment in an organization for twelve weeks and complementary reflective writing activities under the guidance of an Internship Faculty Advisor. CPAP MPA students have secured internships at all levels of government, as well as in non-profits.
The organizations with which students held internships during the 2015 -16 academic year include:
- the Virginia General Assembly (House Clerk’s Office),
- Virginia Office of Government Relations,
- Roanoke County Department of Finance,
- The Old Church Gallery,
- VT Graduate School,
- Preserve Giles County,
- the Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission, and
- the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
The MPA requires 39 credit hours of coursework.
Full time students are able to complete the degree in two years.
Part time students are required to enroll continuously in at least one course (3 credit hours) per semester. The length of the degree for part time students depends on the pace at which required coursework is completed.
Of the students who enrolled in 2012, 65% completed the MPA in two years and 80% completed the degree in four years.
A dual degree is available with the Master of Urban Affairs and Planning. Detail regarding program completion requirements can be found in the CPAP Policy Guide.
CPAP MPA graduates pursue their careers in public service in a wide range of organizations.
MPA 2014-2015 graduates now work in:
- state government (22%),
- local government (22%),
- nonprofits (22%),
- the private sector (22%), and
- the federal government (11%).
Are you uncertain about enrolling in this program but would be interested in trying a class?
Many part-time, non-traditional students begin the MPA programs as a non-degree Commonwealth Campus student. If students perform well in the courses they take, they can build a case for admission into the MPA degree.
Students can take up to twelve credit hours (typically four classes) as a non-degree Commonwealth Campus student. And all credits earned are automatically transferred to the student’s transcript should they enroll in the MPA program.
Commonwealth Campus status is open to an applicant who holds an earned bachelors or higher degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university. International students in F1 or J1 visa status are not eligible for Commonwealth Campus status.
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