2011 Annual Survey (AY 2009-10 Data)

NASPAA's Program Glimpse information is based on information collected through NASPAA’s annual enrollment and degrees awarded survey. The survey is usually carried out in spring. Data collected reflect only that of survey-participating programs.

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.

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.