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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Rockefeller College MPA program develops leaders, managers, and advanced analysts who excel in public service within government and across sectors. We provide pre-service and mid-career students with a comprehensive core curriculum in public affairs and a diverse selection of electives to further tailor their training and prepare them to solve difficult administrative and policy problems in local, state, national and global communities. Our curriculum emphasizes the development of technical and managerial skills toward the responsible and ethical uses of discretion in the pursuit exemplary personal and organizational performance.

Our academic and professional faculty

  1. are accomplished researchers and practitioners,
  2. draw on many years of experience,
  3. produce high quality academic and professional research, and
  4. address significant issues in public management and policy.

Rockefeller’s MPA may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students should plan to commit two years to complete the program and required internship. Part-time, working professionals can take advantage of evening courses to complete the degree. The MPA is a 49 credit hour program that allows students to focus the degree towards their personal career goals. The three components of the Rockefeller MPA are:

Core Curriculum

PAD 500:  Institutional Foundations of Public Administration
PAD 501:  Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
PAD 503:  Principles of Public Economics
PAD 504:  Data, Models, and Decisions I
PAD 505:  Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts
PAD 506:  Foundations of Public Management
PAD 507:  Professional Applications I
PAD 508:  Professional Applications II
PAD 509:  Career Capstone Experience

Concentration Areas

Students take at least five concentration courses, which should be chosen based on long-term professional interests.  Depending on the concentration, students can choose to take two, three, or five courses within one or more concentrations.  Students should choose concentrations based on their career goals and should work closely with an advisor to determine which concentrations best match their professional interests and to identify the specific courses they will take within a concentration.  Where appropriate, a student working closely with his or her advisor may design a unique concentration. 

Other Substantive Public Policy Areas

  • Information Policy
  • Crime and Justice Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Global Affairs
  • History and Policy
  • Urban Planning and Policy
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Women and Policy
Gain valuable real-world experience through internships in both the public and private sector. Recent graduates have held internships or found full-time employment in:

Homeland Security

Local Government

State Government

Public Finance

Federal Government

Health Policy