University of Alabama - Birmingham

Why you should consider this program

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to be the difference? For almost 40 years, UAB's nationally ranked Master of Public Administration (MPA) program has prepared students for successful careers in public service where they can serve the greater good. We have graduates locally and across the country who have become successful leaders and managers in local, state, and federal government positions, and nonprofit organizations. In line with the mission of the University, the MPA program is committed to excellence in graduate education through teaching, research, service, and practice. The program focuses on building the next generation of global leaders and responsible decision makers by enhancing their intellectual and social capacities through knowledge and skills provided within the framework of public service values embedded in the MPA curriculum.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 22,764 $ 5,691 $ 17,073
Out of state $ 46,964 $ 29,505 $ 17,459
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Coverdell Fellows work as graduate assistants (teaching) for 20 hours/week - receive in-state tuition rate and monthly stipend.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Priority consideration for graduate assistantships, which gives student in-state tuition rates and a monthly stipend.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 21,000

Application fee waived?



The MPA Program at UAB has many diverse community related internship opportunities aimed at encouraging student development while serving the greater good in under-served populations. The program has internships with local governments at the city, county, and state level; as well as internships in all aspects of nonprofit organizational themes. Opportunities await students in organizations such as the Red Cross, the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, the City of Birmingham, Jefferson County, YMCA, YWCA, Better Basics, Community Food Bank, The Red Barn, The Urban Food Project, United Way of Central Alabama, and many more organizations that work to make our community a better place for all to live and thrive.

Jobs for program alumni

City planner, mayor, senator, representative, city manager, policy analyst, development director, executive director, CEO, CFO, Presidential Management Fellow, policy director, vice president, advisor, public safety officer, councilor, program manager, program coordinator, program director.

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

Transcripts from accredited undergraduate university, two letters of recommendation, letter of interest in the program.

Admissions process

Apply to the MPA Program as a Peace Corps return through the UAB Graduate School Once your application has been vetted by the UAB Graduate School, it will come to the MPA Program for an admission decision. We will then inform you via email if you have been selected as a Coverdell Fellow.

Program begins

Late August, Early January, Early May

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Our courses are centered around working professionals, so our on-ground courses are offered between 5-10 PM, Monday through Thursday.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Carin Mayo, MPA Program Manager

1720 2nd Avenue S, HHB 415
Birmingham, AL 35294-1152