Most of the MPA program’s courses are either exclusively or predominantly online, enabling students to complete most of their degree requirements via distance learning. Courses incorporate Internet technology such as electronic readings, web boards, and chat rooms, in some cases supplemented by optional discussion sessions held on the FGCU campus. Students may register for one or more courses per semester, selecting from the distance courses scheduled each term. Eligibility requirements include an adequate home computer system and Internet service capacities for completing internet-based coursework.
Special Note. Students who have less than one year of full-time professional work experience in the public or not-for-profit sectors at the time of admission into the program must attend six (6) on-campus professional networking workshops over the course of their MPA program, three of which must be attended within their first year of coursework (12 months). Students who have less than one year of full-time professional work experience in the public or not-for-profit sectors at the time of admission also must complete a 3-credit MPA internship (PAD 6940). The MPA Admissions Committee will determine whether or not an applicant's work experience is sufficient to waive attendance at these on-campus sessions. All students must attend one Saturday session during their final semester, in order to deliver a formal oral presentation as part of their Capstone Seminar (PAD 6961).