MPA Student Life

Life as an MPA or MPP student in Tucson offers many opportunities for involvement and academic and personal development.

"One of the greatest strengths of the program was the network of classmates, the student body offered a diverse array of experiences, beliefs and personalities. I made lasting friendships and professional connections." -Bobby Alvarez 16'                                                                                                                                                                                                     


The MPA/MPP program typically admits 35 students in the fall and 10 more in the spring semester making class sizes range from 15-40 students. The total MPA/MPP student body typically ranges from 80-100 students.

Full-time students typically complete the degree in two years while part-time students typically take four years to complete the degree. More than 90% of MPA/MPP students graduate within these time frames.


The MPA office counsels all new students regarding course selection and academic progress. After choosing an area of specialization, students select the faculty adviser in that field. Formal counseling sessions occur twice each year prior to fall and spring preregistration, although students are encouraged to discuss their programs of study with their advisors at any time during the year.

MPA and MPP Student Association

The MPA Student Association (MPPASA) was created by students to serve as a social and academic support structure. The group distributes information regarding courses, requirements, internships, instructors and the graduate school experience. MPPASA also is an effective advocacy body with administration and faculty; two student members serve on the School's Curriculum Committee while others meet with prospective faculty candidates and new students. Social events include off-campus parties, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Living in Tucson

Tucson is one of the fastest growing cities in the Sun Belt and a dynamic Southwestern community of more than 800,000 people. Nestled between four mountain ranges 120 miles from Phoenix and 60 miles from the Mexican border, the city enjoys a rich cultural heritage and wide variety of attractions.

Tucson supports cultural activities surprising for its size, offering frequent performances of the Arizona Opera Company, Arizona Theater Company, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Arizona. The city's Sonoran Desert climate is ideal for outdoor and nature enthusiasts. Year-round outdoor recreation includes miles of hiking trails, swimming, ballooning, biking and camping as well as skiing in the nearby mountains. An average of 350 days of sunshine each year make these activities all the more enjoyable.


The University offers limited on-campus housing. For information, contact:

Director of Residence Life
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721
Phone: (520) 621-6500

A number of housing options are available off-campus, including apartment complexes, private homes and guest houses. Many units are in close proximity to campus or on direct bus routes. These are most easily obtained during the summer months. Students may obtain information about availability of apartments and off-campus housing from the School of Public Administration and Policy.

The new MPA/MPP Facebook page is up! Check it out here: