Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions    

Below are some frequently asked questions when entering the program.  If you have any further questions, please contact the MPA office at (86-10) 62513870.

 

How much is the tuition?

How can I pay for graduate school?

Do I have to choose an area of specialization?

How are MPA classes delivered?

How long will it take me to complete the MPA degree?

How many students are enrolled in the program?

How many enrolled students complete the program?

What are the placements for internships and jobs following graduation?

Can I get joint degrees?

 

 

How much is tuition?

The tuition is RMB 63,000 for three years. It includes the fall and spring semesters. It is subject to change without notice.

 

How can I pay for graduate school?

MPA students can finance their education through fellowships, scholarships, and/or assistantships. The MPA office offers the MPA Fellowship, Jufang Scholarship, and a number of assistantships.

 

• MPA fellowship is awarded on the basis of enrollment in the program. It can cover part of the tuition.

• Jufang Scholarship is awarded based on academic and other achievements. It is a form of financial aid complementary to the fellowship.

• Assistantships fall into three categories: graduate, research and teaching. Students can apply for one of them through the MPA office.

 

Do I have to choose an area of specialization?

MPA students could choose a specific area of study. Our program offers specialized study in the following: governance and leadership, public security and emergency management, public policy, management science and decision-making,regional development and urban development, land using and urban-rural development, fiscal and taxation management, healthcare policy and management, social security, public organization and human resource management, non-profit organization management.

 

How are MPA classes delivered?

The MPA program offered all courses through in-person instruction in a traditional classroom setting. We also delivery online courses to MPA students, including parts of core course, elective course. Previously, a few of MPA students have been arranged to study in Suzhou campus, now all the students have moved to the main campus in Beijing.

 

How long will it take me to complete the MPA degree?

MPA students are requested to take 5 credits for general education courses, 11 credits for required course, 5 credits for core courses, 5 credits for required specialization courses, 10 credits for elective courses and 2 credits for internship, which can ensure both of their knowledge breadth and depth in the field of public administration. Afterwards, individual student can choose a certain study subfield which is tightly connected with his/her job obligations so that a faculty member can be selected to act as his/her supervisor. After this substantial class-taking they should fulfill to write a master thesis and pass an oral defense to get the degree.

 

The program can be completed in  2 to 3 years with continuous full-time enrollment. If a student elects to enroll part-time, the program can be completed in 2.5 or 3 years, depending upon how many courses are taken per semester. Students can apply for the maximum of 2-year-extension of graduation, if they cannot graduate in 3 years.

 

How many students are enrolled in the program?

There are currently 936 students in the program. Roughly 34.5% enrolled in the program in 2018, and 31.8% in 2019. The percentage of female is approximately 60%.

 

How many enrolled students complete the program?

The completion rates of the 2012-2017 cohorts are reported in the Table below.

    Table. The Completion Rates of MPA Graduates (the cohorts of 2012-17)

CohortInitially       EnrolledGraduated in    2   yearsGraduated in 3       yearsGraduated in       4 yearsGraduated       in 5 years
201211108598105
 076.58%88.29%94.59%
2013114489101103
 0.04%78.07%88.60%90.35%
20141492082111 130
 15.75%55%74%87%
2015140285 119 
 1.43%60.71% 85% 
2016142075  
 0
52.8%  
201727113

 
 4%


 

 

What are the placements for internships and jobs following graduation?

The vast majority of students of our program are staff in post. They fulfill the internship requirement by performing work at their current job positions, and stay at the position after graduation. They are from a variety of public sectors in the cell and all levels of local governments, as well as from public institutions and state-owned enterprises.

 

    Table. The job Placement of MPA Graduates in 2019

National or central government in the    same country as the program40
State,provincial or regional    government in the same country as the program35
City,county,or other local government    in the same country as the program59
Government (all levels) or    international quasi-governmental0
Nonprofit domestic-oriented0
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented0
Private sector-research/Consulting2
Private sector but not    research/consulting19
Obtaining further education0
Military service3
Unemployed(not seeking employment)0
Unemployed(seeking employment)0
Status unknown20
Total178

Can I get joint degrees?

No joint degrees are currently available in the program.


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