Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam serves as a capstone experience in the MPA program. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate and to use the knowledge they’ve gained through their course work in the program.

To be eligible to take the exam, students must have completed at least 24 credits (eight courses) and have a 3.00 GPA or higher.   It is highly recommended to have completed MPA 8001 through MPA 8004 prior to taking the comprehensive exam.  Students do not need to be enrolled in a class the semester in which they sit for the exam.

Students must register for the comprehensive exam by the dates listed on the graduate academic calendar.  To register, students fill out the “Comprehensive Exam Registration Form”, available on the Graduate Studies website, and submit it via email to or mail the signed form to the Department of Public Administration (Villanova University, St. Augustine Center – Room 486, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085).

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