Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Public Administration

First Advisor

Jooho Lee, Ph.D.


This project seeks to examine how the application pool for the UNMC MD-PhD Scholars Program compares in pre-pandemic and mid-pandemic admission cycles. This is an important contribution to the field of public administration as it informs administrators working in higher education how the global pandemic impacts higher education admission processes and outcomes. Secondly, this research will explore if and how the pandemic has observable impacts on the quality (GPA, MCAT, prior research experiences) and quantity of applications submitted by applicants of the UNMC MD-PhD Scholars Program. These trends contribute to the larger body of research on how the pandemic (among other crises) impact individuals pursuing higher education.


This is a capstone project completed for the MPA program.