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This program engages learners in an interdisciplinary curriculum that presents a theoretical and practical foundation of the field, as well as competencies in policy development and regulatory oversight. Develop the skills to collaborate with diverse populations; manage resources; formulate appropriate responses to public issues; and maintain professional ethics and integrity.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they've learned

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Public Administration

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Communicate effectively across the public administration discipline.

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Implement equitable solutions for diverse populations in the global community.

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Apply professional ethics and integrity.

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Develop and implement public administration policies and administrative processes.

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Develop solutions based on citizen involvement, informed decision-making, and leadership.

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Manage public administration resources effectively.

Outcome Demonstrations

Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 – Q1 2018 capstone courses.

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The MPA program was designed around national public administration curriculum standards.
  • Students will learn from faculty experts that bring both academic and professional experience into the courseroom from public administration and across the public service segments.

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Public Administration degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

      Career Preparation

      Master of Public Administration Graduates  

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Career Preparation

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

 The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 100%

 My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 100%

 Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 100%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments

Master of Public Administration Graduates

 

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

 Made a significant contribution to my profession: 13%

 Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 63%

 Assumed leadership responsibilities: 50%

 Received a salary increase: 38%

 Received a promotion: 38%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Public Administration degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction With Capella

Master of Public Administration Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella: 100%

 I am satisfied with my Capella education: 100%

 Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 100%

 

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
Master of Public Administration Graduates

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Skills & Abilities

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

 Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 100%

 Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

 Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 100%

 Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 100%

 Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 100%

 Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

 Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 100%

 Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 100%

 Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

 Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 100%

 Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 100%

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q2 2018.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6), provide some information about completion, expenses, and occupations. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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