Public Administration, MPA


CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations

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.

Healthcare Management and Policy Concentration

This graduate concentration is available to students in the Master's of Public Administration (MPA) program in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. It is designed to enable students in the MPA program to develop a deeper understanding of the contemporary healthcare sector, including the intricacies of U.S. health policy, and competencies in healthcare management. The concentration is comprised of three courses, one from each of three focus areas, and an elective.

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 is designed to 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.

The MPA program offers an optional cooperative education experience (co-op) to eligible students. Cooperative education is central to both the Northeastern experience and to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities experiential liberal arts framework. Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified master's students with six-month work experiences in businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in Boston and across the United States. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, and then bring knowledge and skills gained in community learning spaces back to our campus learning spaces during the cocurricular experiential integration course.

The Northeastern University MPA program is nationally accredited by NASPAA.

Academic Standing/Progress 

Students in the program are monitored for academic progress. Those students whose grade-point average (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.

Core Requirements

A cumulative 3.000 GPA is required for the core requirements.

Quantitative Techniques
INSH 6500Statistical Analysis4
PPUA 6506Techniques of Policy Analysis4
PPUA 6502Economic Analysis for Policy and Planning4
Administration and Management
PPUA 6500Principles of Public Administration4
PPUA 6505Public Budgeting and Financial Management4
PPUA 6507Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager4
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs4

Internship Requirement

An approved internship or waiver is required.

Internship Waived
Complete 12 semester hours from the Course List.12
Internship Completed Not for Course Credit
PPUA 6861Internship0
Complete 12 semester hours from the Course List.12

Concentration Option

A concentration is not required. Students may complete electives (from the elective list below) in lieu of a concentration.

Healthcare Management and Policy Concentration

Health Management
Complete one of the following:3
Health Organization Management
Strategic Management for Healthcare Organizations
Managing Healthcare Supply Chain Operations
Health Policy
Complete one of the following:3-4
Public Health Administration and Policy
Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
Health Policy and Politics
Health Elective
Complete one of the following:3
Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States
Public Health Administration and Policy
Environmental Health
Health Advocacy
Global Health
Principles and History of Urban Health
Society, Behavior, and Health
General Elective
Complete an additional course from the Health Elective list above or one of the following:2-3
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Cost/Benefit Analysis
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Project Management
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Data Visualization
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Grant Writing


LPSC 5000 to LPSC 7999
PPUA 5000 to PPUA 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)

Optional Co-op Experience

Requires two consecutive semesters of Co-op Work Experience and Experiential Integration:2
Co-op Work Experience
and Experiential Integration

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

40 total semester hours required (42 with optional co-op)
Minimum 3.000 GPA