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Masters of Public Administration Program

School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies

MPA Student Policies & Guidelines

  1. Students are required to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better in order to graduate from the program. Students falling below a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their coursework will be placed on academic probation and have two semesters to improve their GPA (unless that grade is an “F” in a core class).

  2. Students are not allowed to make a C or below in any MPA core course. Students receiving a grade of “C” or “D” in any core class will be allowed to retake the course one time (the next semester the course is offered) and must receive a letter grade of “B” or better in that course. Failure to do so may result in the student’s suspension from the program.

  3. Students may receive one letter grade of “C” in an elective class but must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0. Students receiving a letter grade of “D” or “F” in any elective course must retake the course at the first available time.

  4. Office of the Registrar policy is that graduate students may not graduate with a “D” or “F” on their transcript. In addition, graduate students may only have one letter grade of “C” on their transcript at the time of their graduation.

  5. Additional policies and guidelines: University Level Graduate Student Regulations

  6. These policies apply additionally to all students admitted Fall 2012 and later


New MPA Program Policies

  1. Students falling below a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their coursework will be placed on academic probation and have two semesters to improve their GPA (unless that grade is an “F” in a core class).

  2. Any MPA student receiving a letter grade of “F” in a core or option core MPA course will be academically suspended from the program and not allowed to reapply.


Additional Guidelines

  1. All MPA electives must be pre-approved by the MPA program director prior to registration. Failure to do so could result in coursework not counting toward a student’s program.

  2. Students are only allowed to take a total of 3 POLS/PBAD 4710/5710 courses.

  3. Students must register for the graduate level (5XXX) of a course if it is offered as a cross-listed course (i.e. as a 4XXX/5XXX level course).

  4. Students must go through advising with the program director every semester.

  5. MPA students may only graduate during a Spring semester.


Non-Degree Students

  1. Students not admitted to the MPA program are allowed to take one course as a non-degree student (PBAD 5000).

  2. Non-degree students may not register for or take any additional courses toward their MPA after or concurrent with PBAD 5000 until they are notified of their successful admission to the program. A completed application packet is required for consideration by the admission committee. This includes but is not limited to official transcripts of all course work and letters of recommendation. Please see the MPA admission requirements for details on minimum scores etc. Graduate Application

  3. Successful completion of PBAD 5000 does not guarantee admission to the MPA program.


University regulations concerning academic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. UNIREG 802, Revision 2 (subsections 3e-3h) defines academic dishonesty to include:


Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

  • Copying from, or assisting, another student during an examination.

  • Stealing, or otherwise improperly obtaining, copies of an examination before or after its administration.

  • All quotes and ideas from other sources should be properly attributed.

  • Improperly ‘borrowing’ information from a web site.

The penalty for committing academic dishonesty and/or plagiarism in the MPA program is a grade of “F” for the entire course. In addition, a letter will be placed in your University “citizenship” file. The University and the MPA program take Academic Dishonesty very seriously.


You should read and be familiar with both of these statements before beginning the program:

Read the University Regulation that outlines academic dishonesty (UW Regulation 6-802).

Also read the department’s statement on academic dishonesty.

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Masters of Public Administration Program

Department 3197 | A&S 208

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)-766-6484


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