UVic Torch -- Autumn 2006
Autumn 2006,
Volume 27, Number 2

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ON THE FACE OF IT, DOING A PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MASTER'S DEGREE completely online may seem like an isolating experience. But really the program’s virtual teamwork, collaborative writing and conferencing software make it a rewarding experience.

“I was more involved and interactive online than in my on-campus undergraduate degree,” says Devon Lyons, MPA ’06, the first graduate of the MPA Online program. “Working online worked for me. I enjoyed the communication tools and the opportunity to connect with students via group projects—and with an occasional coffee date.”

The MPA Online program started in September 2003. It’s for students employed full-time in the public sector with three to five years of work experience and who can handle the 10-15 hours of work each week for each course. A two-course per term workload leads to completion of the degree within three years.

“I am just a bit obsessive about organization, so that helped.”

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