Length of Degree and Completion Rates

The Trachtenberg School's MPP, MPA, PhD and Certificate programs can be completed full- or part-time, as the majority of courses take place in the evenings. This enables students to maintain/acquire a full time job or internship and provides the flexibility for students to intentionally change between the two.

Full-time students typically complete their MPA or MPP in two years. Part-time students complete their MPA or MPP in three to four years. Students must complete the MPA or MPP degree within four years.

Students who enter the MPA and MPP have a high completion rate. The chart below demonstrates the graduation rates of full- and part-time students for the past five cohorts. These statistics do not separate full-time vs. part-time students. They represent all students that began in a particular cohort. Overall, 95% of students who begin the program successfully graduate.

MPA Graduation Rates 2007-2011

Cohort Graduated in 2 years Graduated in 2.5 Years Graduated in 3 Years Graduated in 4 Years Total Graduation
2007 54% 17% 15% 4% 90%
2008 64% 17% 19% 0% 100%
2009 75% 10% 10% 0% 95%
2010 76% 10% 6% 3% 95%
2011 62% 22% 13% 0% 97%

MPP Graduation Rates 2007-2011

Cohort Graduated in 2 Years Graduated in 2.5 Years Graduated in 3 Years Graduated in 4 Years Total Graduation
2007 63% 8% 13% 8% 92%
2008 49% 27% 17% 5% 98%
2009 66% 11% 21% 9% 98%
2010 76% 9% 9% 0% 94%
2011 62% 15% 15% 0% 92%

 

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