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Public Administration, MPA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Newark, NJ, United States
Designed for pre-career and in-career students, the master's degree program in Public Administration at Rutgers University provides professional competencies in public administration and management and gives students a broad understanding of the field and its relevant issues.
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In the Public Administration program from Rutgers University, students become competent at defining pu­­­blic problems, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, developing and communicating creative solutions, and implementing ethical and practical courses of action.

Public administration is an academic field that addresses the implementation of public policies at all levels of government (federal, state, local, special districts) and in sectors related by virtue of their quasi-governmental structure, degree of regulation, or financial and contractual relationships to governments, such as, the nonprofit sector. The MPA degree combines contexts of public policy making with understanding of urban environments and knowledge and skills needed for operational management of government and nonprofit organizations and networks.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project serves as a culminating experience in the MPA program. It provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from various courses with applied analysis of real-world issues. Students work individually under the guidance of a faculty member to develop a research design, carry out data collection and analysis, evaluate their findings, and provide conclusions and recommendations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Public Administration 
  • Technology and Public Administration
  • Economics for Public Administration
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Applied Research Design 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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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).

General Requirements

  • Application 
  • Resume 
  • Fee of $70 – payable to Rutgers University
  • Official Transcripts for colleges and universities attended (A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher education is required)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement – one page explaining “Why You Are Pursuing an MPA Degree”
  • GRE and TOEFL scores 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15360 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    18264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9132 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Newark

  • 935 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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