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Public Administration, M.P.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #184 (WUR) Online
The Online Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the management and leadership degree for those seeking to serve the public good. 


The Master of Public Administration Program has been forming leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors since 1969. The program is the management and leadership degree for those seeking to serve the public good. When pursued as an online curriculum, the MPA offers the same practice-oriented, research-based graduate education available to students at our Boston campus. Aimed at professionals seeking management and leadership careers in the public or nonprofit sectors, the online curriculum offers maximum flexibility in scheduling as well as engaged interactions with faculty and fellow students. Building off of Northeastern’s substantial experience in delivering high-quality education online, this program helps students exchange views, consult with faculty, and work collaboratively, giving them greater freedom to shape their own learning experience. MPA students can add a Graduate Certificate to their degree to demonstrate specialized training in the Nonprofit Sector or Urban Analytics. Courses taken to complete a certificate also count as MPA elective credits.

Program Objectives

The MPA program is directed toward developing the analytical, conceptual, and practical competencies required for successful careers in public administration. The ultimate goal is to prepare students to be effective in a dynamic and increasingly diverse professional environment. This includes assisting online students in every possible way to secure internships, post-graduate employment, and overall career advancement.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Public Administration
  • Research and Statistical Methods
  • Economic Institutions and Analysis
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Organizational Theory and Management
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Techniques of Policy Analysis
  • Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager
  • Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      1-2 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Application
  • Application fee – US $75.00
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • English proficiency for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resumé

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    52500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    52500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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