Public Administration

Master of Public Administration


The 42-credit, N.A.S.P.A.A.-accredited Master of Public Administration prepares students for public service responsibilities, blending management theory with practical applications in government, health and non-profit organizations. Students from diverse backgrounds with varying levels of professional expertise, are taught by faculty members who are current in all aspects of this continuously evolving and growing field.

The program of study is flexible and can be tailored to accommodate the professional requirements of the student by offering specialization courses that provide them with the opportunity to examine a specific management function or an area of application in greater depth.

Areas of specialization include public administration, non-profit management, urban government management, human resources management, law and management, international public management and social policy management. Other specializations can be developed in consultation with a faculty advisor from the broad spectrum of courses available through the Program and the School, as well as through courses available across the campus.

The Program is divided into four parts: an introductory sequence that provides 15 credits of public service sector foundations and skills, followed by 9 credits of focused management topics including human resources, budgeting and financial management, and law and accountability. Students then take 12 credits in an area of specialization and a required six-credit integrative capstone experience, which culminates in a project and a formal presentation.

Admission is on a rolling basis, so you can start your course of study during the fall, spring or summer. Call Ms. Maria Yangas 718-488-1071 for more information or fill out an online application now.

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Admissions Requirements

The standards for admission to the program and the advanced certificates are as follows:

  • Official transcripts as proof of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A current résumé
  • A two-to-three-page typewritten statement of purpose
  • A completed application submitted to the Office of Admissions

Note: Full matriculation admission requires an official transcript showing an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Limited matriculation may be available to applicants who do not meet full matriculation requirements. Candidates with grade point averages of 2.5 or less must contact the M.P.A. program director before submitting an application. Such limited matriculation may require additional evidence of competence. Limited matriculation students may register for a maximum of six credits per semester for the first 12 credits. Limited matriculation becomes full matriculation upon completion of 12 graduate credits with a 3.0 average or better. Transfer students are welcome; transfer credits will be evaluated by the program director.


Program Sequence

FOUNDATIONS - 15 CREDITS

Course # Course Name Credits
MPA 501
Principals of Administration 3.00
MPA 502 Organizational Theory and Behavior 3.00

MPA 503 Government and the Economy 3.00
MPA 505 Analytic Methods 3.00
MPA 507 Public Policy Processes 3.00

ADVANCED CORE - 9 CREDITS

Course # Course Name Credits
MPA 602
Human Resources Management 3.00
MPA 603 Fundamentals of Public Budgeting & Finance 3.00

MPA 604 Administrative Responsibility and Accountability 3.00

SPECIALIZATION* - 12 CREDITS

Course # Course Name Credits
PM 728
Managing Human Behavior in Public Organizations 3.00

CAPSTONE** - 6 CREDITS

Course # Course Name Credits
MPA 798
Research Seminar in Public Administration 3.00

MPA 799 Research Project in Public Administration 3.00


Credit and GPA Requirements

Minimum Credits: 42
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00

*Please check University Bulletin for list of specialization and course requirements.
**To be taken in the last semester of study. You may NOT take any additional courses with capstone.

CAPSTONE** - 6 CREDITS