The General Accelerated 4+1 MPA Degree Pathway allows qualified undergraduate students to be admitted into the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and to take up to four courses (12 credits) towards their respective bachelor's and MPA degrees. Enrolling in the accelerated pathway program will expedite students' progress towards completing both bachelor's and MPA degrees, saving both time and money.
The general Accelerated 4+1 MPA Degree Pathway is open to qualified FIU undergraduate students from all bachelor’s degree programs except the Bachelor of Public Policy and Service (BPPS). BPPS students can read more about the Combined BPPS/MPA Degree Pathway here.
Undergraduate students pursuing their BA in Psychology, BS in Criminal Justice, and BS in Crime Science should consult with their academic advisors on details of their program-specific Accelerated 4+1 MPA Degree Pathway programs. The program-specific pathways have the same admission and completion requirements, but offer streamlined admission, student service, advising, and program completion.
A student admitted to the General Accelerated (4+1) MPA Degree Pathway will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor's degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor's degree, the student will be granted graduate status and be eligible for graduate assistantships. Please see the Suggested MPA Pathway Study Plan here.
Students in the Accelerated (4+1) MPA Degree Pathway should consult their advisor regarding substitutions of the courses mentioned above for undergraduate courses in their program.
Students must pass graduate courses with a grade of "B" or higher to count them toward their MPA degree. Students accepting into the Accelerated Degree Pathway must fulfill all the MPA requirements to receive their MPA degree.