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.
You can apply until:
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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You need the following GPA score:
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).
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.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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