MPA Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam serves as a capstone experience in the MPA program. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate and to use the knowledge gained through their coursework in the program. 

The comprehensive exam is administered online three times annually and the dates are set by the Office of Graduate Studies and can be found on the Graduate Academic Calendar. 

Please review the steps below for detailed information regarding the guidelines to sit and apply for the exam.

To be eligible to take the exam, students must have completed at least 24 credits (eight courses) and have a 3.00 GPA or higher.

It is highly recommended to have completed MPA 8001 through MPA 8004 prior to taking the comprehensive exam. 

Students do not need to be enrolled in a class the semester in which they sit for the exam.

Review the Graduate Academic Calendar for all exam dates (three offerings each year - Spring, Summer, and Fall). 

The calendar also includes deadlines for submitting your application to sit for the exam. 

Review our MPA Guide to the Comprehensive Exam for all guidlines, expectations, and recommendations for preparation. 

  1. Review the Graduate Studies' policies pertaining to the comprehensive exam. 
  2. Complete and sign the application.
  3. Submit to the Department: 
    1. Scan and e-mail to Michele Griffin
    2. Mail: The Department of Public Adminisration, St. Augustine Center 486, 800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA 19085.


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