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Northwestern MPPA

xynderxynder Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited February 2011 in Graduate School
I was recently admitted to Northwestern University's distance learning program in Public Policy and Administration (master's). It is mixed, in that there are tests I have to take on-site. But most of it will be online. I'm motivated, and the school's reputation is A+++, so that's cool.

The degree will cost close to $40,000.

Upon completion I will consolidate into a federal consolidation loan with the MAX term as possible (which will be 25 or 30 years).

I will be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, so after 10 years of payments the remaining debt will be canceled.

I am not sure what my long-term goals are. I am in law enforcement right now, and would like to eventually move into administration and policy-making. Or perhaps corporate position dealing with government relations.

Just wondering what your thoughts are on whether or not I should accept/decline. ROI, really...

Note: the Northwestern MPPA is not accredited by NASPAA... but either is U. Chicago or Columbia's... so I'm not sure how valuable that accreditation is...
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Replies to: Northwestern MPPA

  • lucy100lucy100 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I would love to hear about this, too! I'm considering applying for this program and do not have much insight into it yet. Congrats on your admittance, xynder.

    How difficult/competitive do you think this program is to get into?
  • xynderxynder Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Not sure how difficult it is because I got in lol.

  • chgoguychgoguy Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Hey everyone. Hoping someone who is currently enrolled in Northwestern's MPPA program can provide some insight. Applied and presently awaiting for word on admission. Can anyone describe what the work load is like? Program overall? Praise or complaints? Randoms about me: Not worried about tuition -work is picking up the tab. Not concerned about dorm life -Im 30 and have a mortgage. Thanks.
  • nicolasbnicolasb Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    have either of you started? I applied last month waiting to hear, but also wonder if I should accept if I get in....i attended the online intro session and they say acceptance rate is 50%, I'd say that means its hard to get in.
  • polarscribepolarscribe Registered User Posts: 3,232 Senior Member
    50 percent acceptance rate is actually pretty high for a graduate program.
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