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Public Affairs

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program is an innovative and interdisciplinary program that prepares students for dynamic and interesting careers as leaders in the world of public affairs and public policy.

The MPA program trains the next generation of public affairs workers and policy leaders to understand, evaluate, and tackle increasingly complex public issues in a globalized world. The curriculum is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to address important problems in society and to excel in the areas of ethical leadership, collaborative governance, public policy strategy, economic analysis, and more.

Students interested in pursuing the MPA, the accepted professional credential for public service professionals, are interested in being civically engaged members of the community and society, and seek an active role in promoting positive change in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Sampling of courses includes:

  • Public Financial Management
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Foundations in Public Affairs
  • Government, Business & Society
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Science and Energy Policy
  • Comparative Public Affairs
  • Business Law & Ethics
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Immigration Policy
  • Globalization & Democracy
  • The Public Executive

Career opportunities with the Master of Public Affairs

Graduates of the Master of Public Affairs will become leaders and managers in a variety of careers in national, regional, and local organizations within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Master in Public Affairs program prepares students to work as public affairs analysts, policy makers, leading administrators, researchers, consultants and public health professionals. They may also enter careers in criminal justice, education, and health care.

Apply online for the Master of Public Affairs program.

Admission Requirements

The MPA requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Standardized test scores are optional.

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit test scores. Merrimack requires a TOEFL minimum score of 84 on the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 21 on the writing subset). For IELTS, Merrimack requires a minimum score of 6.5 (with no band below 6.0). For the Pearson Test of English Academic, Merrimack requires a minimum score of 56.

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Contact Information

For questions about the program, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 978-837-3563.

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