Graduate Pathway in Public Administration

Do you want to study for a graduate degree in the United States but need to improve English language skills or test scores? A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university. Students are guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree program through curriculum consisting of credit-earning courses. We provide full integration with domestic and international students on campus from highly trained university instructors and tutors while giving you academic support throughout the program.

Students who successfully complete an INTO UAB 2-Semester or 1-Semester Graduate Pathway program in Public Administration are assured progression to a nationally-ranked UAB graduate degree program upon submission of additional required application materials.

2-SEMESTER PATHWAY
CREDIT HOUR DETAILS
  • 39 credit hour program
  • 12 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 27 credit hours remaining towards degree
Semester 1
  • Academic Reading/Writing I
  • Academic Speaking/Listening I
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Foundations of PA Research
Semester 2
  • Academic Reading/Writing II
  • Academic Speaking/Listening II
  • Administrative Theory and Behavior
  • Quantitative Methods for PA

1-SEMESTER PATHWAY
CREDIT HOUR DETAILS

  • 39 credit hour program
  • 9 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 30 credit hours remaining towards degree
Semester 1
  • Academic English Skills
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Administrative Theory and Behavior
  • Foundations of PA Research

Career Paths

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is a broad-based degree designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and competencies to pursue successful careers as public managers in government or the nonprofit sector. Graduates are employed in the following career areas:

  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Education
  • Nonprofit
  • Private Sector
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Graduate Pathway in Public Administration

Graduate Entry Paths and Requirements

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Direct Admission* 2-Semester Pathway 1-Semester Pathway
Academic Requirements:
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent with 3.0+ GPA
  • Minimum GRE or GMAT scores, if required by desired degree program
  • 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent with a minimum 2.5 GPA
English Language Requirements:
  • TOEFL iBT 80
  • IELTS 6.5
  • PTEA 53
  • Completion of Academic English Level 5
  • TOEFL iBT 65 or
  • IELTS 5.5& or
  • PTEA 44 or
  • Completion of Academic English Level 4 or
  • Password overall Level 6
  • TOEFL iBT 80 or
  • IELTS 6.5 or
  • PTEA 53

*If you meet all of these criteria, you may apply directly to UAB. The degree program you select may have additional requirements with which you must comply. If you do not meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply to our Pathway and English language programs.

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Graduate Pathway in Public Administration

When can I start?

2017-18 Dates and Prices

Program Dates Tuition
2-Semester Pathway: Fall: August 22, 2017
Spring: January 2, 2018
Summer: May 1, 2018
$25,480
1-Semester Pathway: Fall: August 22, 2017
Spring: January 2, 2018
Summer: May 1, 2018
$14,660
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Graduate Pathway in Public Administration

What are the progression requirements to the university's graduate degree program?

After successfully completing the Pathway program, you are guaranteed to enter the graduate degree program. This transition to university from an INTO program is called progression. You must meet the following UAB Pathway Progression criteria in order to progress:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in graduate level courses
  • B or better in all courses
  • No grades F, C, I or W permitted

What are my degree options after completing the INTO Pathway?

You are guaranteed admission to the Master of Public Administration program at UAB after successfully completing the Graduate Pathway and meeting all progression requirements.

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