Master of Public Administration

Program Format
Entry Terms
Fall: September 4, 2019, and October 21, 2019
Winter: January 6, 2020, and February 24, 2020
Credits Required for Graduation
42 Semester Hours


Northeastern University’s Master of Public Administration degree program was founded to serve the needs of the public affairs community. Whether taking courses online or on campus, our MPA students are offered the high-quality, practice-oriented, and research-based graduate education for which Northeastern University is known. Aimed at professionals seeking management and leadership careers in the public or nonprofit sectors, the MPA program offers maximum flexibility in scheduling as well as engaged interactions with faculty and fellow students.

Building off of Northeastern’s substantial experience in delivering high-quality education on campus and online, this program helps students exchange views, consult with faculty, and work collaboratively, giving them greater freedom to shape their own learning experience.

The MPA program can be completed entirely online. Students at the Seattle campus will be provided with special face-to-face learning opportunities.

Program Objectives

The MPA program is directed toward developing the analytical, conceptual, and practical competencies required for successful careers in public administration. The ultimate goal is to prepare students to be effective leaders and managers in a dynamic and increasingly diverse professional environment. This includes assisting students in every possible way to secure internships, postgraduate employment, and overall career advancement.

Faculty and Student Expertise
Students are served by full-time Northeastern University professors as well as part-time faculty with years of professional managerial and leadership experience in a diverse range of relevant fields. Areas of faculty expertise include policy analysis, nonprofit management, budgeting, state and local government, and a variety of substantive policy areas. Students in the MPA program come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, with many currently employed in the public or nonprofit sectors.

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Certificate Information

If now is not the right time for you to enroll in a Northeastern University–Seattle master’s degree program, but you know that advanced study will enhance your skills and career potential, consider our graduate certificate programs.