Public Administration, Master

Public Administration, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #193 (WUR) , MA, | Online
The Online Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the management and leadership degree for those seeking to serve the public good. Courses are offered 100% online and prepare students to innovate in a diverse range of fields. Students participate in interdisciplinary work and applied research with government and community partners, create social change, and address the emerging challenges affecting the quality of life in cities.


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. The program equips its students with skills in policy analysis, program evaluation, research methods, and written and verbal communications. Students also develop competencies in budgeting and human resources, organizational management and leadership, and the interplay between ethics and accountability in a diverse society. 

Throughout the degree program, students gain career-oriented experience through internships, small group projects, and other interactions with professionals in the field. These experiences are designed to enable the Northeastern MPA graduate to move into a wide array of public and nonprofit sector positions at the local, state, national, and international levels. MPA students can add a Graduate Certificate to their degree to demonstrate specialized training in the Nonprofit Sector, Urban Analytics, Urban Studies, or Public Policy Analysis. Courses taken to complete a certificate also count as MPA elective credits.

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 students in every possible way to secure internships, post-graduate employment, and overall career advancement.


The MPA Program at Northeastern University is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, the membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs.

The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is a proud member of the PPIA Program. Alumni of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute who are admitted to the School are entitled to a $5,000 scholarship.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • 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 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

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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).

Admission Requirements:

Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale. We welcome applicants from any background who have relevant experience and are committed to pursuing careers in urban and regional policy.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    54400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54400 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    54400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54400 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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