The Master of Public Affairs degree is offered through the School of Planning and Public Affairs, within the Graduate College at the University of Iowa and is currently offered as an in-person degree in Iowa City.


The required curriculum includes completion of a minimum of 42 s.h. for the degree.

The program is typically completed in two years of full-time study. Courses may also be taken part-time. 


Areas of Concentration

Public and Nonprofit Management

Public Policy


Combined Graduate-to-Graduate Degrees

Open to MPA students combined with any graduate area of study at the University of Iowa

A formalized combined degree option has been established with Law


Undergraduate-to-Graduate Degrees (U2G)

Undergraduate-to-Graduate  (U2G) degree options are available allowing students to earn a graduate degree in public affairs and an undergraduate degree in less time than would be required to obtain the two degrees independently. Courses for one degree are considered as elective credit for the other degree program.

This is a universal U2G. It is open to students in all undergraduate majors at the University of Iowa.


Student Achievement
In the academic years 2020-2024, 100% of graduating students passed the program's final examination.


2024-2025 TUITION AND FEESTuitionFeesTotal
Iowa Residents, per full-time academic year$11,650$1,775$13,425
Out-of-state Residents, per full-time academic year  $30,597$1,775$32,372


Student Retention  RatePercent     
Percentage of students who began studies in Fall 2022 and continued into Fall 2023             78%


Student Graduation RatePercent     
Percentage of master's students graduating within 2 years, entering class of 2020-202173%
Percentage of master's students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2020-202180%


number of degrees awardedPercent     
Number of degrees awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year                                                 7


Percentage of graduates employed in the profession within 6 months of graduation, graduating class of 202392%      
Other:  Percentage pursuing advanced education, not included in above total0%