Public Administration

Cornell University

Master On Campus
24 months
38354 USD/year
38354 USD/year
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The Cornell University Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) offers students the opportunity to study public policy and program management from a cross-disciplinary perspective. We offer a master degree program in Public Administration. 


Students gain an understanding of the political processes through which issues, problems, and policies are formulated; the economic basis for government action in a market economy; and the comparative and historical contexts of governmental programs. This program is available at Cornell University. 

Students study public budgets, finance, and regulatory processes, as well as the behavior of both public and private organizations and their management. Students also gain competence in the qualitative and quantitative methods needed to analyze programs and policies, and develop sensitivity to the moral and ethical dimensions of policy issues.1

M.P.A. Program The two-year Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program consists of sixteen courses; students typically take four courses per term for four semesters. The M.P.A. program offers a basic structure for study, however, each CIPA Fellow (student) works closely with a faculty advisor to design an individualized program based on the student's specific area of interest. Elective courses and research opportunities may be taken through the program in any department or college in the university. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Specialized Public Policy Subject Matter Competence 
  • Problem-Solving and Analytical Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Group Work, Management and Leadership Skills
  • Communication and Presentation Skills

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject

  • economic and financial policy
  • environmental policy
  • government, politics, and policy studies
  • human rights and social justice
  • international development studies
  • public and nonprofit management
  • science and technology policy
  • science, technology and infrastructure policy
  • social policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • GRE general test
  • a statement of purpose
  • current resume
  • essay
  • three letters of recommendation
  • for ESL students only: Internet-based test version of the TOEFL: writing 20, listening 15, reading 20, speaking 22; computer-based TOEFL minimum: 250; paper-based: 600

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38354 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38354 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    38354 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38354 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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