Excelsior College MPA

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  1. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I don't think anyone here is going to be able to answer this better than their admissions department will.
     
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  4. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    on the main website it says up to 33 credits can be transferred in?
     
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Please provide a link to that.
     
  6. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    "You'll benefit from:

    Generous graduate credit-transfer - up to 33 credits from other accredited graduate schools provided that the credits meet the needs of the MPA program. This allows you build on your existing knowledge and earn your MPA more quickly."

    Excelsior College | Public Administration [Without Concentration]
     
  7. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    So I'm guessing that the credits would have to be 1) recent and 2) an exact match of the courses required in their own MPA program. The degree to which that is true for you, with your degrees is unclear. Nobody will be able to answer that except the school which will require you to officially apply and submit transcripts, etc. before making a determination. But considering that the Excelsior MPA is a 36 credit program, I'm doubtful that they will accept 33 credits, let you take the capstone course and then hand you a Masters degree. My guess is that you'll be lucky to get the 15 credits referenced earlier. But, I suppose crazier things have happened and there's only one way to find out for sure. One thing I'm curious about is your general motivation for the degree. You've already got 2 Masters degrees, what are you going to be able to do with an MPA that you can't already do?
     
  8. Asymptote

    Asymptote Member

    Has anyone had any experiences with this program since these last posts?
     
  9. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    I actually completed the degree this year if you have any questions
     
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  10. Asymptote

    Asymptote Member

    Congrats! That is great to hear!

    How did you find the program? Was the school open to many transfer credits (if you went that route)?
     
  11. tempORary_Harry

    tempORary_Harry New Member

    Futuredegree - what kind of work did the courses entail? Were they mostly test based, paper based, varied? Were the exams proctored, timed, repeatable?

    I am considering doing the MPA because they are willing to accept 18 credits from other coursework I've completed. That leaves 4 classes and the capstone. Don't see any downside, except I don't really want to be bogged down with unnecessary busy work type of homework when a test is more predictive.
     
  12. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    I was able to transfer 18 credits, they are somewhat picky on what they want to accept. It should be closely related to public administration. Best advice is send over all your transcripts to admissions and pay the fee to get it evaluated.
     
  13. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    For the MPA program over at Excelsior College it was all paper writings, video presentations, and weekly thread posts with responding to others. I didn't have any exams but this could always be subject to change. My advice would be to stay on top of your weekly assignments and posts. If doing papers is not for you this might not be the program for you.
     
  14. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    If anyone is curious up to now less then 50 people have completed the program, Its a new program , in January 2020 I was granted a diploma in the 30's.
     
  15. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    It looks like the ship has sailed on this program. They use to accept up to 27 transfer credits for the 30 credit program. Now they only accept 15 transfer credits and switched a few courses. I went on the website to compare courses with another program I was looking at and noticed the change. I am glad I jumped in when it was up to 27 graduate transfer credits afforded. I was able to transfer 21 of my credits between my existing graduate degrees and only had to complete three courses. It is a great program overall for anyone still considering pursuing that degree.
     
  16. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Member

    By the way I got them to accept 21 credit I said 18 earlier in the post but forgot I got them to give me a 3 credit elective after contacting the dean to graduate. Sorry for double post
     

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