2010 Annual Survey (AY 2008-09 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 data are from institutional responses to NASPAA’s Fall 2009 Enrollment and Academic Year 2008-2009 Degrees Awarded Survey, administered by NASPAA in Spring 2010. The data reflect only survey-participating institutional members. Of the 268 NASPAA institutional members as of spring 2010, 189 responded to the survey as of July 1, 2010. Of the 189 responses, 185 were valid, giving the survey a response rate of 69 percent.

Degree Programs Offered Fall 2009

Degree Type Program Offered
by Respondent
Percent of
Master of Public Administration 152 82.6
Master of Public Policy 20 10.9
Master of Public Affairs 9 4.9
Executive Master 23 12.5
Other Master Programs** 53 28.8
Offering Joint Degrees 88 47.8
Total Program* 345  

* 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 83 percent of the respondent institutions offer MPA degrees. About 48 percent offer joint-degrees.
  • About 29 percent of the respondents offer Master degrees other than MPP, MPA, MPAff or Executive MPA.