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Public Affairs

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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 leaders and innovators in the world of public policy, public administration, non-profits and government business organizations, 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 of Public Affairs
  • Government, Business & Society
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Science and Energy Policy
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Organizational Communication
  • Biomedical Ethics & Public Policy
  • Immigration Policy
  • Public Administration
  • 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.

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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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