Master of Public Affairs
Our master’s program offers you the opportunity to study a range of issues in public administration, public policy and public service more broadly.
Finish in as little as 12 months
Generous scholarships available.
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FellowshipsFellowships help enrich your academic study and professional development, linking graduate study with earning and work experience. The competitive M.P.A. Fellowship provides partial tuition remission in exchange for work in a public affairs related organization, on or off-campus, (public, private, NPO).
Merrimack’s M.P.A. is designed to offer you the opportunity to learn content and skills related to the breadth of fields within public service. Rather than choosing one area of focus in public administration, public policy or non-profit management, our curriculum allows you to engage in each area for a well-rounded experience that translates to the field. You’ll learn in small, engaged classes with a range of academic experts and practitioners which lead to opportunities for internships and field experience.
What Will I Learn?
You’ll understand the dynamics and implications of policymaking, from development to implementation and evaluation; identify problems and challenges in policy making; assess and evaluate policy effects.
You’ll develop one or more areas of specialized policy expertise through a capstone or internship experience.
You’ll develop the capacity to conduct ethical, responsible and appropriate research methodologies to answer questions in public affairs; conduct research; analyze and interpret results; disseminate results appropriately.
You’ll better understand the roles and responsibilities of key actors in public administration and the framework of public administration under the law; analyze and critique the concepts and realities of public service.
The M.P.A. is a versatile degree valued by employers in government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private sectors.
The M.P.A. can lead to careers in:
- State/city management
- Fiscal and budget analytics/management
- Social and community service management
- Urban planning and management
- Policy and program analysis and assessment
- Human Resource management
- Nonprofit management and fundraising
- Higher education administration
- Law enforcement
- Health administration
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