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Westfield State University is offering undergraduate political science, criminal justice, geography, planning, and sustainability, and economics and business management students an accelerated pathway to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degree in just 5 years. These students will have the opportunity to enroll in graduate level courses during their senior year with 6-credits counting towards both your related major’s bachelor's degree and master’s degree in public administration. This Early Entry Master of Public Administration program allows students enrolled to start obtaining graduate level credits sooner, earning their degrees in less time than it would to earn them separately.
Do you want to further your education and professional experience with a master’s degree? Are you overwhelmed with options when applying to graduate schools? Get a Master of Public Administration degree sooner, on a campus you know and with faculty you trust.
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During their senior year, students will take 6 credits designated by the public administration graduate program administrator, 3 credits in fall and 3 credits in spring, in addition to their undergraduate courses. The 6 credits will be applied to their undergraduate studies and will count towards their master’s degree, with a grade of B or better. Students will fully enroll into the MPA program the summer after senior year.
Students who are enrolled in their related undergraduate programs and who have taken at least 75-credits, 30 of which are from Westfield State University, may apply for the Early Entry Master of Public Administration program in their junior year.
Current undergraduate and graduate tuition and fees can be found on the main Westfield State website at westfield.ma.edu. Costs of courses taken at the graduate level differ from undergraduate tuition.
Once a student is enrolled in the graduate Public Administration program, the College of Graduate and Continuing Education offers a limited number of graduate assistantships that can help with the cost of graduate courses. Additional information about financial aid can be found at GoBackNow.com or by contacting the CGCE office.
Dr. Charles DiStefano