Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at Northeastern, you must successfully complete 42 semester hours (typically fourteen courses) of credit in a prescribed curriculum.

More detailed information on requirements and opportunities for MPA students can be found in the Graduate Programs in Political Science Program Guide.

Information accurate as of August 2013. Requirements and policies are subject to change. For up-to-date information, contact Louis DaRos or view the official graduate catalogue for a full listing of graduate level courses.

School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Guide Booklet 2014-2015

College of Social Sciences and Humanities General Regulations 2014-2015

The MPA Core

The following eight core courses are required of all MPA students. These courses serve as a foundation for all MPA students and cover a wide-array of public policy and management areas to prepare students for leadership and management careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. With the exception of POLS 7306 Capstone in Public Policy and Management, which should be taken in the last spring semester of a student’s academic career, there is no required sequence to these courses. Each core course is offered at least once per year both on-campus and online.

Beyond the Core

MPA students are required to complete an internship as part of their degree.* During their studies, students must, with the assistance of the internship faculty advisor or their academic advisor, find an internship of 300 hours and request MPA program approval of that internship. Once the student is placed in an internship, students will be registered for:

POLS 7407 Internship: Offers work experience (at least fifteen hours per week) that includes planning, research, policy development, and other administrative aspects in a public or nonprofit organization.

For more information on the internship requirement and assistance in finding an internship, please consult with Prof. Dan Ahern our faculty internship advisor. Students who are interested in an internship should consult with the internship advisor at least six weeks prior to the semester in which the internship is to be undertaken.

*Students who are currently employed in the area of public affairs can petition to have this requirement waived and instead take another elective.

Certificates and Concentrations

The MPA Program at Northeastern does not formally offer concentrations. However, students with an interest in a specific area may work with their academic advisor to find elective courses relevant to their area(s) of interest. These elective options can be done in a way for students to pursue an individualized specialization and opportunities exist for students to pursue relevant interests in courses housed in other departments at Northeastern University.

There are also Certificate Programs in Urban Studies as well as Non-profits that might be of interest to MPA students with specialized interests. Courses in some of these options may also count toward the MPA degree as elective credits.

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