Public Administration

University of Rhode Island

24 months
28292 USD/year
15514 USD/year
22382 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program at the University of Rhode Islanddraws from a rich and rigorous curriculum, combined with experiential education, that will prepare you to be a leader in public policy and administration.


The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program at the University of Rhode Island mission is to instill public service values, knowledge and expertise to prepare you to solve problems related to governance and policy with integrity, professionalism, and excellence to improve our communities and society.


As an M.P.A. student, you will learn the most current administrative theory and practice for the public and nonprofit sectors. The program is designed to meet your individual interests, offering opportunities to earn graduate certificates in specialized programs related to public policymaking and administration such as cyber security, human resource administration, non-profit studies, labor studies, healthcare management and community planning.

The students have been placed at a wide variety of internships at municipal, state and federal agencies, legislative offices, healthcare institutions, advocacy organizations and foundations. The MPA Program also works cooperatively with Rhode Island College’s Certificate Program in International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Administrative Theory
  • Ethics in Public Administration
  • Seminar in Budgetary Politics
  • Problems in Public Personnel Administration
  • Public Program Evaluation
  • Seminar in Public Policy Problems
  • Administrative Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States or a foreign institution of acceptable standing
  • Adequate undergraduate preparation in the proposed major field or equivalent evidence of an appropriate background for undertaking an advanced degree program
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate career that can be confirmed with official transcripts from the institution (some programs may require a higher or lower GPA).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28292 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28292 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    15514 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15514 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    22382 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22382 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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