Master of Public Administration

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“Northeastern prepared me for my career in many ways. It afforded me the ability to work and attend school  at the same time. The access to faculty was excellent and allowed me to tailor my degree to my own interests. It was a great experience.” — Austin Faison, MPA 2011 Junior Analyst, SomerStat, Somerville, MA

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.

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