Frequently Asked Questions about the Bloch M.P.A.
- Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher (on a 4 point scale), will receive a waiver of the GRE requirement and qualify for automatic admission to the program.
- Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher and at least 3 years of relevant work experience will receive a waiver of the GRE requirement and qualify for admission to the program upon MPA Admissions Committee approval.
- Applicants with a prior master’s or professional degree will be considered for admission to the program upon MPA Admissions Committee approval.
- Applicants not meeting one of the criteria above will be required to complete the GRE. A total of 190 points must be achieved using the formula GRE Verbal Percentile + GRE Quantitative Percentile + GRE Analytical Writing Percentile + [(Cumulative UG GPA (on 4.0 scale) – 2.0) x 50]; scores in each section of the GRE must be at or above the 10th percentile. Test scores must be less than five years old at the time of consideration for admission.
- Applicants with significant relevant professional experience will be considered for admission to the program upon MPA Admissions Committee approval.
- The MPA Admissions Committee will also consider GMAT, LSAT, and PCAT scores. These scores must also be less than five years old at the time of consideration for admission.
Admission to the M.P.A. program is selective. A completed application includes all of the following:
- UMKC application
- application fee
- Official transcripts* (one copy) from all colleges/universities attended, sent to:
UMKC Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
*You must have completed a bachelor’s or first level professional degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score, if required (see admission requirements).
- A current resume.
- A one-page goal statement that describes your career plans, why you desire to attend UMKC, and why you want to obtain the M.P.A. This should be your own original writing. Any quote used should be properly attributed to the author.
The B.A. (Urban Studies)/M.P.A. Program
Students obtaining a B.A. in Urban Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at UMKC may pursue early admission to the master’s degree program in public administration and obtain a master’s degree in one additional year. The program allows students to utilize some of the M.P.A. courses to satisfy Urban Studies requirements, thereby reducing the number of courses needed to complete both degrees.
The B.B.A./M.P.A. Program
Students completing the bachelor of business administration at UMKC may complete their M.P.A. degree in one additional year (three semesters). For more information about this option, contact the Bloch School Student Services Office. Please note that this program is available to UMKC undergraduate students only, and must be started while you are still working on your undergraduate degree.
Coursework for M.P.A. degrees typically includes both core required courses and an emphasis area or concentration. Core courses generally include information on research methods; budgeting and financial processes; policy and program formulation, implementation, and evaluation; political and legal institutions and processes; economic and social institutions and processes; leadership and management concepts and behavior; and ethics.
Elective courses allow students to develop concentrations by completing additional coursework in one or more of these areas:
- Health Services Administration
- Nonprofit Management
- Urban Policy and Administration
Every student who does not have at least one year of relevant professional or managerial experience is required to complete a three-credit internship, PA 5595, which includes 300 hours of service. The internship experience provides students with a dynamic, professional forum in which to apply the analytical and managerial knowledge they acquire in the MPA program. Students who have the relevant professional or managerial experience when they apply for MPA admission may be granted a waiver by providing evidence of relevant work experience in the form of a detailed resume to his/her faculty advisor.
Listed below are some of the internship organizations M.P.A. students have held over the past few years.
Liberty Hospital Foundation
Johnson County, Kansas Government Offices
Children’s Mercy Hospital
City of Gardner, Kansas
City of Mission Hills, Kansas
Lead to Read
City of Overland Park, Kansas
St. Luke’s Hospital
City of North Kansas City, Missouri
International Relations Council
City Of Smithville, Missouri
Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Missouri
Fevolve Labs Corporation
Avenue of Life
Missouri Housing Development Commission
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Kansas City Symphony
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
Kansas City, Missouri Department of Health
Kansas City Indian Center
The Public Administration professors are on campus daily, and adjuncts are available for meeting upon request. It is recommended you email your professor or adjunct instructor in advance to set up an appointment.
The Bloch School has Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantships (GRAs/GTAs) available each academic year. A GRA works for a faculty or staff member for a certain number of hours each week, for which the student will be given a stipend and a tuition remission. GTA/GRA positions are highly competitive, and applications are reviewed year-round.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
In addition to assisting with faculty research projects, our GRAs are occasionally placed in community organization. Here are some of the most recent GRA placement organizations:
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Bloch Career Network
UMKC’s graduate tuition changes every year, but you can find up-to-date information about tuition and fees at https://bloch.umkc.edu/students/paying-for-school/
The School of Public Affairs and Administration does not offer any scholarships for career-option M.P.A. applicants, but you are welcome to apply for funding from other resources at UMKC. In addition, GRA (Graduate Research Assistantship) positions with tuition reduction and stipends within the department are frequently available.
The M.P.A. prepares students to work in leadership and management positions in the public and nonprofit sectors. The website http://www.publicservicecareers.org offers a good overview of what it means to have a career in public service.
Below is a chart that offers a few examples of positions often obtained by M.P.A./M.P.P. graduates, starting with entry level positions. Note that the salaries for these positions vary greatly due to a number of factors, including but not limited to work experience, location, and sector.
(information obtained from https://www.naspaa.org/resources/career-resources)
Our most valuable career-planning resource for our M.P.A. students is our community. Current students draw on mentoring relationships with faculty, friendships and networking with classmates, Alumni and membership in our student organization, PASA (Public Administration Student Association) to gain guidance as they shape their career paths and information about local job opportunities in the public and nonprofit sectors. Also, all Bloch students have access to the Bloch Career Network as well as UMKC Career Services. Finally, each Monday’s email “blast” to students often lists many job opportunities in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Here’s a list of where some of our alums are employed:
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross
City of Aurora, CO
City of Grandview, MO
City of Hazelwood, MO
City of Kansas City, MO
City of Lawrence, KS
City Of Lee’s Summit, MO
City of Mission Hills, KS
City of Moberly, MO
City of Olathe, KS
City of Overland Park, KS
Federal Reserve Bank
Human Rights Watch
Johnson County, KS Park Police
KCMO City Council
KCMO Fire Department
KCMO School District
Missouri Housing Development
MO Department of Social Services
MO Dept of Health & Senior Services
Olathe Medical Center
Social Security Administration
Truman Medical Center
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Commerce
US Post Office
- Out-of-state students: 40%
- International students: 3%
- Female students: 58%
- Part-time students: 65%
- Persons of diversity 19%
2012-2013 ARY-5 MPA Cohort
Percent Graduated in 2 years
Percent Graduated in 3 years
Percent Graduated in 4 years
Total number of students admitted = 51
Employment statistics for students graduating in the 2016-17 academic year
- US government – 1
- State or regional government – 4
- City, County or other local government – 2
- Government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental – 0
- Nonprofit domestic-oriented – 9
- Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented – 0
- Private sector – Research/Consulting – 2
- Private sector – not Research/Consulting – 6
- Obtaining further education – 0
- Military Service- 0
- Unemployed (not seeking employment) – 1
- Unemployed (seeking employment) – 2
- Status Unknown – 2
Total – 29
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