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Jeff McIllwain, an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs. Jeff McIllwain, an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs.
 


MPA Program Receives Reaccreditation

The Master of Public Administration graduate program was granted reaccreditation through the 2020-21 academic year.
By Jack Haworth
 

San Diego State University’s School of Public Affairs has continued its long history of excellence with their recent reaccreditation of their Master of Public Administration graduate program. It has been granted reaccreditation through the 2020-21 academic year by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

“Accreditation becomes very important because it gives students external validity,” said Stuart Henry, director of the School of Public Affairs. “It is not just a degree from SDSU but an international standard.”

While there is a long history of the on-campus program being accredited, the brand-new online MPA program has now also been approved for accreditation.

New horizons

“Our new online program is one of the new body of emerging programs nationwide that is an accredited fully-online program,” said Shawn Flanigan, the MPA program coordinator. “That is a real asset to students who want to do an online degree but want to make sure it is still high quality.”

SDSU's 16-month intensive online program started in February 2014 and graduated its first cohort of 25 students in June 2015. The second cohort of the online MPA program is due to begin courses this fall.

“Even though we just started this online program, we demonstrated to NAASPA that it is just as high-quality as our on-campus program, which has been in existence for more than 40 years.” Flanigan said.

History of excellence

NAASPA reviews MPA programs nationally and internationally for accreditation. The review includes an on-campus visit where officials interview students, faculty and school administrators to ensure the program is offering students an enriching and comprehensive experience.

The MPA program at SDSU has held its accredited status since NAASPA was formed and in a recent U.S. News and World Report ranking, was ranked as the top MPA program in the California State University system.