Graduate Open House:  Wed., March 27 at 6 p.m. Register now

School of Liberal Arts

Master of Public Affairs

Master of Public Affairs

Our M.P.A. 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 

Start this summer - apply by May 13

students in class

Program Benefits


  • Fall, spring and summer start dates 
  • 12- or 18-month programs
  • No GRE or entrance exam required
  • 32 credits/8 courses
  • Evening courses 
  • General scholarships

Customized for You

  • Small class sizes with personalized attention 
  • Capstone experience tailored to your interests
  • Internships available to build your resume

Learn from the Best

  • High caliber faculty who are practitioners
  • Classmates with a range of interests/careers


The competitive M.P.A. Fellowship provides partial tuition remission in exchange for professional experience in a public affairs related organization, on or off-campus, (public, private, NPO). 

Why Merrimack?

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 policy making, 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 strategic 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.

Career Opportunities 

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

Contact Us

For more information on the Master of Public Affairs, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 978-837-3563.

Tell Me More

We’ll send you more information. 



Ask about scholarships designed for you.

Call: 978-837-3563

Apply Now 

Classes for spring term begin Jan 16, 2019.