Students must produce a complete portfolio comprised of at least 3 separate written artifacts for examination near the end of the M.P.A. program covering relevant content and acquired skills and knowledge unless they choose a thesis option. Students will develop their portfolio artifacts through a total of 3 credit-hours of graduate independent research (i.e., PADM 589V) by taking a 1-hour independent research during their final 3 semester of the program under the guidance of the appropriate faculty member(s). A comprehensive examination of the completed portfolio will be assessed by a faculty committee composed of no fewer than 3 members. 

Please see the MPA Portfolio Handbook for more information on the portfolio requirements and a how-to-guide on preparing the portfolio. The Appendix includes a checklist that should be consulted on a regular basis.