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Master of Public Administration

Entry Terms
Fall, Spring, Summer

Available 100% Online: Evening classes on our Boston campus located between the Orange and Green Lines — easily accessible via public transportation. Classes also offered 100% online.

Application Deadlines:
Domestic Students:
Fall 2017: August 15 (final deadline)

International Students:
Fall 2017: June 15 (final deadline)

Credits Required for Graduation
42 semester hours

Today’s public and nonprofit sectors need leaders who are ready to innovate, address challenges, and create meaningful change. To be effective, you must be skilled in both policy analysis and managerial know-how.
The Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Northeastern University is practice-oriented, research-based program. You’ll focus on real issues facing leaders in your area of concentration, while integrating theoretical foundations with practical skills.
The program offers you the unique opportunity to:

  • Interact with faculty practitioners and industry experts who are driving public policy, like Michael Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
  • Acquire hands-on experience through capstone projects, on-campus research labs and centers, and real-world work opportunities. For example, students had the opportunity to work in a group to create an innovative development proposal addressing the needs of a local economic development agency. Their proposal scored second place at the 16th Annual Affordable Housing Development Competition. 
  • Connect with a global network of alumni, employers, and experts in your area of focus through receptions and career panels.
  • Choose full- or part-time study in traditional or hybrid formats, or 100% online.
  • Add a graduate certificate to your resumé at no additional cost, in one of five focus areas: Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy and Social Change, Public Policy Analysis, Data Analytics, Urban Analytics, and Urban Studies.

The MPA Program at Northeastern University is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, the membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs.

Watch as Professor Dr. Thomas J. Vicino discusses the program.
About Northeastern

A graduate program at Northeastern University enables you to create the educational experience that best meets your career and life goals. Recognized as a top-40 research university, we offer a dynamic learning environment that is fueled, informed, and inspired by professionally-oriented, hands-on study.

Experiential learning. Industry-aligned coursework. Flexible study options. Plus, a global network of faculty practitioners, corporate partners, distinguished alumni, and fellow students. Together, these form the cornerstone of an education that’s innovative, yet relevant; practical, yet transformative.

  • Our experiential learning model enables you to apply classroom learning to real-life situations in the field or in your current organization.
  • Join an ever-expanding global network of more than 3,000 corporate partners and 230,000 alumni, with a powerful presence in more than 90 countries.
  • Discover a graduate education designed to satisfy the needs of both the student and the industry.
  • Experience an innovative online education model driven by cognitive science, informed by employers, and powered by experiential learning.

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