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The MPS is an in-person full-time degree, based in Little Rock, Ark., featuring classroom education and three required field service projects (domestic and international). The Clinton School Online program, designed for mid-career professionals with significant public service experience, is a distance program, entirely formatted through online courses, with one required Capstone project.

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The 36 credit-hour degree will be offered one course at a time (12 courses, each lasting 8 weeks) over a period of 24 consecutive months. Courses are grouped in four 24-week terms, with a week-long break after each term.

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The enrollment term is two years. If you started in March 2020, you would finish in March 2022.

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A qualified applicant is a mid-career professional who has demonstrated leadership in his or her career and in his or her personal pursuit of public service, and is someone with a strong academic background. Someone with 5+ years of both professional and public service experience after their undergraduate degree would be a competitive candidate.

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- A completed application form
- Final transcripts of all higher education degrees awarded
- An updated resume
- One required short-answer question
- One required letter of recommendation: a recommender addressing the applicant's professional experience and work ethic

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There are two application deadlines under which an applicant may choose to submit an application. The Priority Deadline is September 1 – those who have fully submitted required documents by this deadline will be notified of their Admission Decision two weeks after submitting a completed application. The Regular Deadline is December 1 – those who have fully submitted required documents by this deadline will be notified of their Admission Decision by December 20. The Clinton School Online program will start in March 2020.

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No. Students will only be admitted for the current March 2020 enrollment cycle.

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Yes, students admitted to Clinton School Online will be eligible for merit-based scholarships. Admitted students will be notified of merit-based scholarships in their acceptance letter.

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Tuition is $850 per credit hour. There is a one-time technology fee is of $500 and a one-time programming fee of $2,500.

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Students will pay tuition one term at a time. There will be four payments over the two-year program, one for each term. Both the technology and programming fees are paid at the start of the first term of the program.

No. The cost of the program is the same for domestic and international students.

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No. The program is designed on a set two-year progressive academic plan, and withdrawing during the program will unfortunately disrupt the sequence.

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Students can expect 15+ total hours per week of online class work, readings, and class preparation. Depending on other commitments in the student’s life, and a given student’s time-management skills, it is possible for someone to work full-time and perform well in the online program.

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Depending on the course, there may be infrequent real-time meetings but the majority of class work will be delivered online.

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The Capstone course is the only field service project online students will complete. The collaborating partner organization could be the student’s current employer, another organization in his or her local community, another organization in his or her country of residence, or an international organization.

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No. The Clinton School Online program runs for 24 consecutive months, one course at a time. An enrolled student will not be able to accelerate through the program or take multiple courses at a faster pace.

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It is the responsibility of students to determine if their present country of residence and technology infrastructure will allow them to access the program.

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All course content will be available on the Friday of the week it is scheduled at 8 a.m. (CT). Previous content for lectures will remain accessible online until the end of that course.

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Yes. Students can transfer up to 3 hours of core credit and 3 hours of elective credit from other programs, subject to advance approval by the Clinton School Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Courses to be transferred must meet the following criteria: 

- Be taken at an accredited higher education institution
- Passed with a grade of "B" or better
- For electives, have course content relevant to the Clinton School Online program and for core courses, have course content equivalent to the course taught in the online program

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All assignments will be submitted through the school's online platform, Blackboard.

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Hardware Requirements:

- Desktop computer or laptop with webcam and microphone (tablets and cell phones are not recommended for coursework)
- 2GHz processor or higher
- 2GB or higher of memory (RAM)
- 30GB or higher of free storage
- Windows 7/Vista or higher operating system (for PC)
- Mac OS 10.6 or higher operating system (for Mac)

Software Requirements:

- Microsoft Office 2007 or higher (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
- Adobe Flash 10 or higher (Free Download)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (Free Download)
- Java (Free Download)
- QuickTime (Free Download)
- If you already have these programs installed, please check for and run any updates necessary to ensure you’re ready to go! Some courses may have additional software requirements. Please talk to your academic advisor for details.

Network Connection Requirements:

- Broadband (Cable or DSL) with 512 Kbps or higher download speed. A direct connection to the router is preferred over wireless or satellite connections. As an online learner, a dependable, high-speed connection may be the most important investment you can make to prepare for success in eVersity.

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