Can I work while in school?

The MPA/MPP programs are time-intensive. Full-time students can expect to spend 9-12 hours in class per week; this estimate does not include study time (both group and individual), professional development activities, speakers, and other events. We recommend that first year MPA/MPP students not work more than 20 hours per week. Many full-time students do work part-time in internships or graduate assistantships, for example. Students who must maintain full-time employment should discuss their plans with the Student Affairs Officer (

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