Master of Public Administration

Inter-year student Information

What is an inter-year student?

An inter-year student is among the limited number of applicants who are admitted to the MPA Tribal Governance Program in-between the 2 year admissions cycle.

The MPA-Tribal Governance core courses run consecutively, each one building upon lessons from last quarter's course. Students start their core course work during the first year a regular cohort begins. Inter-year students join the cohort when 2nd year core is offered, and cannot take it because they haven't yet fulfilled the 1st year core prerequisite. The last cohort was admitted in the Fall of 2012, so the next cohort will be admitted in the fall of 2014.

Students wishing to enter in the Fall of 2013, if admitted, will become inter-year students. Inter-years will essentially be in the program for three years. In their first year, they will begin by completing their concentration course requirements - which do not need to be taken consecutively - and may opt to take electives. In their second year, they will join with the incoming cohort and begin taking core and continuing to take concentration courses. In their third year, they will have finished the required concentration courses, and will only need to take 2nd year core. In their third year, inter-year students may take electives or may opt to attend part-time.

Click here to learn more about the Tribal Governance curriculum.

What are the benefits of being an inter-year student?

  1. If student seeks admission to the program in the middle of the curriculum sequence, this option will allow them to begin the program instead of having to wait until the next admissions cycle.
  2. Inter-year students have the ability to take more electives and gain a breadth of learning from the array of elective courses taught within the MPA program.
  3. Students have the option of enrolling part-time for their first and third years.
  4. Students get to know two different cohorts. One of the strengths of the Tribal Governance program is the high quality caliber of students in each cohort and the opportunity to learn from students of many different ranges of experience and backgrounds. Each cohort becomes a close knit community whose relationships continue after graduating. Inter-year students get to know, learn from, and network with two distinct cohorts.

Are their any disadvantages to becoming an Inter-year student?

  1. A three year program may be too long for some students.
  2. If an inter-year student chooses to go full time, by taking a mix of concentration, core, and additional elective courses over the total three years, they end up paying for a third year of in tuition and other educational expenses than a student who is in the program for only two years.

So, how can I decide if being an inter-year student is right for me?

  1. Evaluate your personal circumstances to determine if your schedule and finances would be impacted by being in the program for three years.
  2. Establish whether you are willing to wait to join with a new cohort and go through the program in two years of full time coursework, or if your situation requires you to be enrolled in school as soon as possible.
  3. Speak with the Assistant Director of the Tribal Governance Cohort, Puanani Nihoa at (360) 867-6202 or to determine whether entering the program as an inter-year student is right for you.