Online Master of Public Administration
The Marxe School Online MPA provides students with a fully online, flexible, affordable degree for employment in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. The program has the same goals and mission as the campus-based MPA, but gives students the opportunity to complete their degrees in an online, asynchronous format.
Students will complete eight required courses and need to earn a minimum 3.0 GPA to ensure a basic understanding of fundamental public administration principles and practices with a foundation in communication skills, economic analysis, and statistical analysis. Students will also complete five electives. Students without 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 application of acquired knowledge and skills to policy or organizational analysis.
Take the next step and make your mark in public service!
Online MPA Program Details
*Current as of Summer 2023
Online application and a non-refundable application fee of $75
Official transcripts of all post-secondary coursework at a college or university where nine or more credits were completed. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required to apply
Resume or Brief CV
Include employment and academic history; volunteerism and community service; honors; publications; leadership roles; professional association memberships; and other activities related to the applicant’s career goals. Resumes should be no more than two pages.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Applicants to all graduate programs who will register recommenders via the online application. Recommenders may complete the entire process online. If a recommender cannot complete the process online for any reason, they may submit their recommendation directly by email. The recommendation letter should be on official letterhead and accompanied by the recommendation form, which is available in PDF format in the recommendation section of the online application. Please be in touch if your recommenders encounter challenges submitting online or by email attachment.
A 500-1000 word required personal statement explaining how the degree will advance the student’s career ambitions and what problems the student is committed to solving
In evaluating the application, the admissions committee considers applicants’ professional experience, overall academic record, quantitative skills, and writing ability. Some applicants’ transcripts and resumes may not fully reflect their challenges or abilities in these areas. In this separate, optional statement, provide any additional information the admissions committee should consider when making its decision. This statement should be addressed directly to the faculty admissions committee, and no longer than one page.
International applicants may be required to submit language exam scores. Please note, students in fully online programs are NOT eligible for F-1 visas.
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 3-credit internship.
The degree requires the following components:
- 8 core classes (24 credits)
- 5 electives (15 credits)
- 1 internship course (if required; 3 credits)
- Capstone (3 credits)
Students take one course per 7-week session, with two 7-week sessions offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Two courses are offered during the summer semesters over a 10-week session. The degree takes just about 2.5 years to complete, or 31 months or less.
All courses are delivered asynchronously, but students will have multiple opportunities for synchronous engagement with instructors and classmates via optional bi-weekly Zoom “office hours” and one-on-one appointments. Asynchronous course content will be available in weekly modules, and will include recorded lectures, readings, discussion boards, and other teaching modes.
(42 or 45)
|Spring 2024||PAF 9100 Introduction to Public Affairs||PAF 9270 Data Collection and Description||6|
|Summer 2024||PAF 9103 Communication in Public Settings
PAF 9271 Data Analysis for Public Service
(10-week session taken together)
|Fall 2024||PAF 9165 Race, Inequality, and Public Policy||PAF 9120 Nonprofit and Public Management||6|
|Spring 2025||PAF 9130 Economic Analysis and Public Policy||PAF 9110 Ethics and Public Decision Making||6|
|Summer 2025||PAF 9140 Budgeting and Financial Analysis I
PAF 9195 Public Affairs Internship
(10-week session taken together)
|Fall 2025||PAF 9139 Communication Strategy||PAF 9117 Public Personnel and Human Resource Management||6|
|Spring 2026||PAF 9127 Managing Cultural Diversity in the Workplace||PAF 9151 Nonprofit Sector and Voluntary Agencies||6|
|Summer 2026||PAF 9190 Public Affairs Capstone
Italicized courses are electives
As of June 2023
The Marxe School is proud to be among the most affordable graduate schools in New York City.
Estimated total tuition and fees for the 42-to 45-credit program completed in approximately 31 months.
- NY Resident: $28,352 (without internship requirement) or $29,987 (with internship requirement)
- Non NY Resident: $32,929 (without internship) or $34,891 (with internship) for out-of-state residents or international students
Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by the CUNY Board of Trustees. For the latest tuition and fees, visit the Office of the Bursar