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Accelerated 4+1 BA in Urban and Regional Studies and Master of Public Administration Cleveland State University


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Through the BA+MPA program, students may complete a BA in Urban and Regional Studies and a Master of Public Administration through the Levin College of Urban Affairs in five years, instead of the six academic years normally required of full-time students. High performing undergraduate students may apply to the 5-year program during the third year of undergraduate study and, if accepted, complete MPA coursework during the fourth year and a transition term. Students may then complete all remaining MPA coursework in two semesters of full-time graduate study.




UST 200 - Introduction To Urban Studies
UST 404 - Urban Data Analysis
UST 405 - Methods of Research and Evaluation
UST 490 - Urban Internship


UST 290 - Urban Geography
UST 300 - Economics Of Policy Analysis
UST 302 - Contemporary Urban Issues
UST 458 - Urban Policy
UST 489 - Advanced Senior Seminar


UST 452 - Management of Urban and Nonprofit Organizations
UST 459 - Budgeting and Policy Analysis
UST 515 - Introduction to Public Administration and UST 571 - Urban Colloquium (taken concurrently)
UST 516 - Public Finance and Economics
UST 517 - Public Administration and the Political Process
UST 518 - Public Human Resources Management
UST 5XX - Public Administration Elective (4 credits)


UST 410 - Proposal Writing
UST 425 - Economic Development Finance
UST 428 - Fire and Emergency Services Administration
UST 433 - Negotiation and Conflict Management
UST 451 - Fundraising and External Relations for Nonprofit Organizations
UST 453 - Managing Urban Diversity
UST 455 - Gender and Leadership
UST 473 - Columbus Seminar
UST 474 - Washington Seminar
UST 481 - Public Safety Management
UST 494 - Levin Chair Seminar


Students complete seven additional graduate courses in fulfillment of the M.P.A. Program Core, Public and City Management Specialization, and M.P.A. Capstone.


The following pairs of courses are cross listed; admitted 4+1 students may register for the 500-level versions while completing BA requirements.

UST 515 - Foundations in Public Administration - Taken for UST 600
UST 571 - Urban Colloquium - Taken for UST 671. Corequisite: UST 515.
UST 518 - Public Human Resources Management - Taken for UST 630.
UST 516 - Public Sector Economics - Taken for UST 603
UST 517 - Public Administration and the Political Process - Taken for UST 617

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Accelerated 4+1 BA in Urban and Regional Studies and Master of Public Administration.

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees

$16,904.00 (12,66,744) per year

USD $16,904 for bachelor’s degree; USD $20,766 for master’s degree




Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Urban Building, Room 335,

1717 Euclid Avenue,



44115, United States

Entry requirement for international students

In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the conventional MPA program, students applying to the 5-year BA+MPA program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and submit two letters of recommendation from Cleveland State University faculty. Upon successful completion of the fourth year and transition term, students are awarded the BA in Urban and Regional Studies. In order to be admitted to the final year of the BA+MPA Program, students must complete the BA with a cumulative GPA of 3.0, receive grades of B or better in designated coursework, and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with scores that meet standard MPA admission.

Meet minimum test score requirements:

TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 and at least 17 in each section

TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550

IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section

PTE (Pearsons Test of English): 50

Application Deadlines: Fall Semester - July 21; Spring Semester - December 10

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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