Program Almanac 2011
The following information is based on program responses to NASPAA’s Fall 2010 Enrollment and Academic Year 2009-2010 Degrees Awarded Survey, administered by NASPAA in Spring 2011. The data reflect only survey-participating programs. Of the 272 NASPAA membership programs as of spring 2011, 176 responded to the survey and 167 submitted valid data, giving the survey a response rate of 61 percent.

Master's Degrees

(N=167) (Response Rate=61%)

Degree Programs Offered Fall 2010

Degree Type Program Offered
by Respondent
Percent of
Master of Public Administration 136 81.9
Master of Public Policy 20 12.0
Master of Public Affairs 8 4.8
Executive Master 20 12.0
Other Master Programs 43 25.9
Offering Joint Degrees 69 41.6
Total Program* 296  

* It is normal for institutional members to offer multiple Master degree programs, hence the total number of programs is larger than the total number of survey respondents.

** NASPAA institutional members were provided four spaces in which to enter “other” degrees. The most common of these “other” degrees is Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, Master of International Development and Master of Government Administration. Other reported master’s degrees include, but are not limited to, Health (Care) Administration, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Transportation Policy Operations and Logistics, Economic Policy Management, Higher Education Administration, Nonprofit Management, Environmental Science, Public Service Management, and Enterprise Engineering and Policy.

Degree Program Highlights

  • About 82 percent of the respondent programs offer MPA degrees. About 42 percent offer joint-degrees.
  • About 26 percent of the respondents offer Master degrees other than MPP, MPA, MPAff or Executive MPA.

Student Enrollment Fall 2010

Degree Type Enrolled
Master of Public Administration 8,988 51.5 8,472 48.5 17,460
Master of Public Policy 1,850 75.3 608 24.7 2,458
Master of Public Affairs 707 69.6 309 30.4 1,016
Executive MPA 713 36.8 1,223 63.2 1,936
Other Master Degrees 3,365 68.2 1,572 31.8 4,937
Total Student Enrolled 15,623 56.2 12,184 43.8 27,807

Enrollment Highlights

  • More than 75 percent of MPP students enrolled full-time and the percent of students pursuing their Master's degree in MPA on a part-time basis was 48.5.
  • More students pursuing Masters degrees in Public Policy and Public Affairs tend to enroll full-time than their peers working on their Masters degrees in Public Administration or management.

Degree Awarded AY 2009 - 2010

Degree Type Degrees Awarded
by Respondents
Percent of
Degree Awarded
by Respondents
Master of Public Administration 5,621 57.4
Master of Public Policy 910 9.3
Master of Public Affairs 407 4.2
Executive MPA 742 7.6
Other Master 1,776 18.1
Joint Degree 343 3.5
Total Degree Awarded 9,799  

Degree Awarded Highlights

  • Nearly 9,700 students received their Master's degrees in Public Affairs during the 2009-10 Academic Year. About 3.5 percent had joint degrees. More than 57 percent of the Master's degrees granted were MPA.
  • The most common degree offered jointly with the MPA/MPP is the JD. Other joint/dual master’s degrees offered with an MPA/MPP include, but are not limited to, Social Work, Business Administration, Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Law, Criminal Justice, International Affairs, Nursing, Doctor of Medicine, Mental Health, Public Health, Divinity, Latin American Studies, and Environmental Science.

Undergraduate Courses Offered Fall 2010

Course Subject Institution Offering
the Courses
Percent of
Courses in Public Administration 124 74.7
Courses in NonProfit Mngmt. 76 45.8
Courses in Health Mngmt. 52 31.3

Undergraduate Course Offering Highlights

  • About 74 percent of the responding programs offer undergraduate courses in Public Administration or Public Affairs.
  • Nearly 45 percent of the responding programs offer undergraduate courses in Non-profit Management.
  • Nearly 31 percent of the responding programs offer undergraduate courses in health management.