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The MSIPM Program is a cohort-based online degree program. It is designed for students to move through the program coursework together, take the same classes, and build peer relationships that will support each other.
In each cohort, students begin as a group in fall semester. A student will be able to complete the 33-hour program within a 20-month period. Students take two classes each term, except for the summer term. During the summer term students also complete the Global Experience course.
To be considered for admission to the MSIPM, applicants must submit the following credentials to the KSU Graduate Admissions office:
International applicants have additional requirements. See Graduate Admissions section of this catalog. For online programs, I-20s will not be issued.
Admission decisions are based on overall evaluation of all these elements.
Students are required to attend an orientation held on the Kennesaw State University campus. Any admitted student who does not attend may be disqualified from continuing in the program. The orientation focuses on program expectations, interaction with faculty and administrations, and hands-on learning with D2L Brightspace, the distance learning technology platform used in the program.
Expectations for satisfactory graduate level student performance are detailed in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.
MSIPM candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of their degree requirements.
The core curriculum ensures that every MPA graduate is versed in both the theory and practice of this professional field. Courses include the history and values of democratic administration, the institutions and individuals that comprise it, and the tools used to achieve the goals of such administration.
Students take six of the following courses, to be determined for each cohort by the Program.