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Anyone know if Northwestern's full-time master is harder to get into than the part-time program?

Ragdoll93Ragdoll93 2 replies1 threads New Member
So I'm currently thinking of applying to Northwestern's Master in Public Policy Admin. As a political science major in college and working the last 3 years at a small community NGO, I saw NW's MPPA as something that might help elevate my career growth to a better position.

What I'm debating about is: should I apply to part-time MPPA or full-time MPPA? I know NW offer a full-time 1-year accelerated program, while their part-time program is 1.5 to 5-years.

I'm open to either, but I want to know if anyone has any idea if with NW's master programs (for those that also offer part-times)...are there any difference between full and part-time admission "difficulty"? Would a full-time program be harder to get admitted to than the part-time one (or are both equal)? I may just end up applying to both, if that's even allowed, haha.
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  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan 13458 replies31 threads Senior Member
    I doubt it. I don't believe any of the programs in SCS are terribly difficult to get in to. Something to keep in mind.
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 4961 replies86 threads Senior Member
    What are your career goals? Do you have the option to attend grad school full-time?

    I would spend a lot of time understanding what career placement is coming out of this program. It's not inexpensive and not accredited by NASPAA.

    Take a look at the NASPAA site for more information, and a list of accredited programs. https://www.naspaa.org/accreditation/roster-accredited-programs

    And, it's NU, not NW :-)

    Good luck.
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  • Ragdoll93Ragdoll93 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Thank for the information.

    To Mwfan, I currently am budgeting a maximum of 2 years for my graduate studies. So either I go with the 1-year full-time program (so I can get my degree and onto the job hunt sooner than later), or if I opts for the part-time, I'd like to get it done within 8 quarters (2 years). Would not being NASPAA-accredited mean I'd have a harder time getting work out of school, even with the NU name on the diploma?
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 4961 replies86 threads Senior Member
    Ragdoll93 wrote: »
    Thank for the information.

    To Mwfan, I currently am budgeting a maximum of 2 years for my graduate studies. So either I go with the 1-year full-time program (so I can get my degree and onto the job hunt sooner than later), or if I opts for the part-time, I'd like to get it done within 8 quarters (2 years). Would not being NASPAA-accredited mean I'd have a harder time getting work out of school, even with the NU name on the diploma?

    What type of job do you want to get, and how would any MPP/MPA program help you attain that job?

    Again, this is NU SPS....which is not the same as NU's graduate programs. SPS accepts basically anyone with a bachelor's degree. I don't know the outcomes, but it is something you have to figure out by speaking with the SPS people. Also ask if SPS students can utilize NU's career center and services.
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  • Ragdoll93Ragdoll93 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Mwfan1921 wrote: »

    What type of job do you want to get, and how would any MPP/MPA program help you attain that job?

    Again, this is NU SPS....which is not the same as NU's graduate programs. SPS accepts basically anyone with a bachelor's degree. I don't know the outcomes, but it is something you have to figure out by speaking with the SPS people. Also ask if SPS students can utilize NU's career center and services.

    My current career goal after graduation is likely either a federal/state policy position (perhaps as an analyst?) or see if I can work for a political office after a few years of work/exp. I'll be sure to ask SPS about the career services.
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  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan 13458 replies31 threads Senior Member
    BTW, NU SPS is as much a part of NU as Columbia SPS is a part of Columbia, Harvard Extension School is a part of Harvard University, the Graham School is a part of the U of C, and Penn LPS is a part of Penn.

    All of them tend to offer programs for working professionals that aren't terribly stringent in admissions.
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