Public Administration, MPA

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the management and leadership degree for those seeking to serve the public good. The program seeks to equip its students with skills in policy analysis, program evaluation, research methods, and written and verbal communications. Students have an opportunity to develop competencies in budgeting and human resources, organizational management and leadership, and the interplay between ethics and accountability in a diverse society. Throughout the degree program, students gain career-oriented experience through internships, small group projects, and other interactions with professionals in the field. These experiences are designed to enable the Northeastern MPA graduate to move into a wide array of public and nonprofit sector positions at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Mission Statement

The mission of the MPA program at Northeastern University is to serve the needs of the public affairs community, including students, working professionals, faculty, and researchers, by providing a practice-oriented and research-based graduate educational experience. The faculty pledges the best instruction available in a set of courses designed to integrate theoretical foundations with practical skills. The MPA program will prepare students to be effective in a dynamic and increasingly diverse professional environment. We also commit ourselves to assisting students in every possible way to secure internships, postgraduate employment, and overall career advancement. Students, in turn, are expected to meet high levels of academic excellence combined with ethical and professional integrity. Committed to the ideals of public service and advancing the public interest, we seek students who share the same enthusiasm.

Academic Standing/Progress 

Students in the program are monitored for academic progress. Those students whose GPA falls below a 3.000 are notified by and meet with the director of academic programs. They are counseled that if their GPA does not rise to a 3.000 or higher, they run the risk of not graduating and are advised on strategies for improvement. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

General Requirements

Quantitative Techniques
LPSC 7305Research and Statistical Methods3
or POLS 7202 Quantitative Techniques
Analysis
PPUA 6506Techniques of Policy Analysis3
PPUA 6502Economic Institutions and Analysis3
Administration and Management
PPUA 6500Principles of Public Administration3
PPUA 6503Public Personnel Administration3
PPUA 6504Organizational Theory and Management3
PPUA 6505Public Budgeting and Financial Management3
PPUA 6507Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager3
Capstone
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs3

Internship Requirement

An approved internship or waiver is required.

Internship Waived

Complete 15 semester hours from the Course List.15

Internship Completed for Course Credit

Internship
PPUA 6407Internship in Public Policy and Urban Affairs3
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the Course List.12

Course List

LPSC 5000 to LPSC 7999
PPUA 5000 to PPU 7999
CRIM 5000 to CRIM 7999 (by advisement only)
ECON 5000 to ECON 7999 (by advisement only)
ENGL 5000 to ENGL 7999 (by advisement only)
HIST 5000 to HIST 7999 (by advisement only)
POLS 5000 to POLS 7999 (by advisement only)
SOCL 5000 to SOCL 7999 (by advisement only)

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

42 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA in the core courses and overall required