Girard School of Business
Education and Social Policy
Science and Engineering
Join us for a Virtual Information Session to learn more about our graduate programs, hear directly from program directors and chat with admissions representatives.
Merrimack College’s public affairs degree equips you with marketable expertise that you can adapt for a variety of roles. You’ll acquire practical skills in public administration, organizational leadership, finance, communication, data analysis, public policy and more, gaining the ability to address complex problems and craft innovative solutions.
Our graduate degree in public affairs grants you the freedom to focus on the public policy issues you care about most. The program culminates in a capstone project or internship that may include original research, public policy design, in-depth analysis, fieldwork or other hands-on activity.
Merrimack has active partnerships throughout the public affairs community. You’ll interact with legislators, nonprofit directors, government officials, public policy experts, political advocates and other leaders.
You’ll study public administration in small classes led by attentive, highly engaged instructors. Our faculty experts include scholars such as Dr. Anne Boxberger Flaherty, Dr. Harry Wessel and Dr. Brad Miller, as well as veteran public administrators such as Andrew Maylor and Sarah Stanton.
Merrimack’s public affairs graduate degree caters to a diverse, engaged and enthusiastic student cohort. Whether you’re just entering the workforce, seeking a promotion or migrating into public administration from another profession, our master’s degree in public affairs will help you take the next step.
Every academic program at Merrimack College reflects our decades-long tradition of socially aware, civically engaged education. The Master of Public Affairs builds on this heritage, providing you with the tools to help your community govern itself effectively, respond to challenges, maintain a high quality of life and promote high ethical and moral values.
Our public affairs master’s program resembles a Master of Public Administration (MPA), but it takes a broader perspective than a traditional MPA degree. In addition to studying government administration and public policy, you’ll also develop expertise in nonprofit management, community outreach, philanthropy and other kinds of active citizenship. With its well-rounded approach, the public affairs master’s degree prepares you for a wide range of leadership roles in all kinds of organizations.
You can apply our public affairs master’s program to tackle almost any challenge confronting society, including (but not limited to):
“I got real hands-on experience in the field I want to be in. It supported what I learned in the classroom, and it gave me so many connections in the world of state policy.”
- Ian Burns, Master of Public Affairs ’19
The U.S. Bureau of Labors Statistics (BLS) projects rapid job growth over the next decade in public administration, public policy, community service and related fields.
Like a master of public administration or similar degree, our Master of Public Affairs qualifies you to exercise leadership in executive, managerial or supervisory positions. Merrimack graduates work in public administration jobs throughout the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Our alumni have gone to work for employers such as: