The Master of Public Administration prepares students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds to excel in careers with a public policy, public management, or nonprofit management orientation. The MPA provides students with an academic credential appropriate for employment in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
The MPA program has two key objectives. First, through a set of core courses, the program provides a strong foundation of practical and theoretical training for professional work in public service. Second, through free electives or the selection of a concentration, the MPA program offers students the opportunity to fashion a curriculum linked directly to their individual career and academic interests.
The Baruch MPA is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Baruch’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs is the only nonprivate school of public affairs in New York City.
All students in the MPA program complete seven required courses and are required to earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0. This ensures that all students achieve a basic understanding of fundamental public administration principles and practices together with a foundation in communication skills, economic analysis, and statistical analysis. In addition to the required courses, students complete six elective courses chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Students without prior professional experience will also complete an internship in a public, nonprofit, or private-sector organization. In their final semester, all students take the Capstone Seminar, which emphasizes the application of students knowledge and skills to specific professional situations.
Full-time and part-time MPA students (except Executive MPA programs) may choose to focus 12 of their 18 credits of elective course work in one of the five specializations: urban development and sustainability, nonprofit administration, public management, policy analysis and evaluation, and health care policy. All five specializations participate in the shared MPA core, which does not vary from specialization to specialization. Specializations must be chosen in consultation with a Marxe School of Public and International Affairs advisor.
Selection of a specialization is not required. Students who choose not to take a specialization must structure their 18 elective credits in consultation with an advisor.
For more information, please visit the MPA Handbook.
The MPA requires a minimum of 42 credits for those with at least 1 year of administrative experience and 45 credits for those required to complete a three credit internship. The breakdown of the degree is 7 core classes (21 credits) + 1 internship course (if required; 3 credits) + 6 electives (18 credits) = 42 or 45 credits total.
The Traditional MPA may be completed full-time (9 credits or more per semester) or part-time (less than 9 credits per semester). Students who work full-time, may not attend full-time. Classes are offered during the day, evening, and online in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Students in the traditional program have the opportunity to pursue a 12 credit concentration in one of five areas: Health Care Policy, Nonprofit Administration, Policy Analysis and Evaluation, Public Management, and Urban Development and Sustainability.
Required Courses (21 credits)
Internship Courses (3 credits, if required)
Electives (18 credits)
The Marxe School offers some 20 different PAF electives every term. Please consult the online Schedule of Classes each semester on CUNYFirst and Graduate Advisement to see the current offerings. MPA electives are always 9000+ level, 3 credits, and can be any of the non-core PAF listings with the exception of the following sections and/or designations: Executive MPA, MIA, or HEA.
Final Requirement in Last Semester (3 credits)
The Health Care Policy concentration is designed for those who want to make a difference in health and healthcare delivery systems. You’ll get a firsthand understanding of how to analyze, implement, and evaluate responsive health policies at the local, state, and national levels. You’ll also be introduced to the political, economic and social factors affecting health care delivery to diverse populations, including the disadvantaged and vulnerable. These skills can be applied to government health care agencies, private and public hospitals, health advocacy groups, or insurance companies.
*Students in the Health Care Policy concentration should take PAF 9710 concurrently with their MPA core classes
There are some 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. today, including 30,000 in New York City. The Nonprofit Management concentration will help you think like a nonprofit leader, focusing on fundraising, decision-making, emergency preparedness, and ethics and philanthropy. This concentration prepares students for roles as nonprofit board members, managers, executive directors, or chief financial officers.
Elective Courses (select 2)
The concentration in policy analysis and evaluation is designed for students interested in developing analytic skills that can be applied across a broad array of policy topics and arenas. Students will learn about policy development and implementation from both theoretical and practical perspectives, at all levels of government and policymaking. The concentration includes two required courses, Policy Analysis and Economics of the Public Sector and Public Finance, and two electives drawn from a wide range of policy courses.
Elective Courses (select 2)
Explore new ways of workforce and asset administration with the Public Management concentration. It prepares students by focusing on human and capital resource issues, changing venues of public management, and sound practices of institutional representation. Students who pursue this concentration are often nominated as finalists to competitive fellowship programs like the New York State Public Management Institute and the Presidential Management Fellows Program.
Elective Courses (select 2)
Urban development and sustainability are among the hottest buzzwords in public service today. This concentration evaluates sustainability in urban centers from a social, economic, and environmental perspective. Students learn how cities can improve and sustain housing, land use, business activity, and infrastructure. Program graduates often pursue roles with community organizations, nonprofit advocacy groups, and government sustainability agencies.