Our Mission

The mission of the MPA Program at Northeastern University is to serve the needs of the public affairs community, including students, working professionals, faculty, and researchers, by providing a practice-oriented and research-based graduate educational experience. The faculty pledges the best instruction available in a set of courses designed to integrate theoretical foundations with practical skills. The MPA Program will prepare students to be effective in a dynamic and increasingly diverse professional environment. We also commit ourselves to assisting students in every possible way to secure internships, post-graduate employment, and overall career advancement. Students, in turn, are expected to meet high levels of academic excellence combined with ethical and professional integrity. Committed to the ideals of public service and advancing the public interest, we seek students who share the same enthusiasm.

Why an MPA degree?

The MPA is a professional degree. Acceptance into an MPA program signifies a high level of achievement in previous professional and academic efforts and demonstrates a commitment to excellence in public service. Our graduate students come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. We have students from every section of the United States and nearly every corner of the globe. Many students are currently employed in the public or non-profit sectors. To gain a sense of the many opportunities for public service offered through an MPA degree please click on the logo below to view some videos made by current MPA and MPP students from various schools across the country.

What does our Program offer?

At Northeastern University, three general themes underlie our efforts to help you develop and sharpen the skills and capacities you’ll need for a career in public service or in the nonprofit sector.

  1. We provide students with effective and relevant instruction in a curriculum that integrates theoretical foundations with practical skills. In turn, we expect students to extend every effort in their courses to meet high standards of academic excellence.
  2. Our program is directed toward defining and developing analytical, conceptual and practical competencies. Practicing public administrators among our adjunct faculty and student body provide linkages with all levels of government, permitting us a unique opportunity to maintain a high level of professional relevance.
  3. We emphasize the “public” dimension of public administration. We are motivated first by ethical and democratic imperatives to serve the public interest. Throughout the Program’s curriculum and activities, we will reiterate and focus upon our public responsibilities.

The MPA program is comprised of a large graduate student community served by full-time professors at Northeastern University as well as part-time faculty who are professionals in the various fields of public administration. Areas of faculty expertise include policy analysis, budgeting, U.S. government, and public law, as well as a variety of substantive policy areas.

Online Program and Course Options

Students admitted to the MPA program now have the option of pursuing the degree one of three ways: all on the Boston campus, all online, or through a combination of online and on-campus courses. Admissions standards and curriculum requirements for both the online and on-campus programs are identical. Students may register for online course in the same way they would register for on-campus courses. Online courses are equivalent to on-campus courses and carry the same academic credit. Students are not restricted in the number of online courses they may take for the degree.

For information on Northeastern’s online MPA program please view our Online MPA Program Information Guide.

For more general information about taking online classes, including frequently asked questions and an online course demo, please visit

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