University at Albany

Changing the Game

Matthew Lowney
MPA Class of 2015

When Matt Lowney graduated with his bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from St. John Fisher College just outside Rochester, N.Y. in 2011, he had every hope of being drafted into the NFL. An all-conference football star while in college, Matt was playing pro football for the Omaha Beef of the Indoor Football League when a shoulder injury ended his dream of moving to the big league. Suddenly facing a major change in direction, Matt had to rethink his goals, and decided to apply to Master of Public Administration programs. "On the field, I took great pride in clearing lanes for running backs and protecting the quarterback from the opposition," says Matt. "Pursuing my MPA and eventually a career in public service where I can help people succeed or ensure that they are protected from harm is, I believe, a natural and exciting transition."

Although he had several top programs to choose from, Matt selected Rockefeller College's MPA program because of its reputation, the flexibility of the curriculum, and the tuition value it offered. "At Rockefeller, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the best professors and practitioners and participate in valuable professional experiences at a fraction of the cost of other top programs."

On or off the football field, Matt is a natural leader. He is president of the Public Affairs Student Association, an intern at the New York State Department of Health and an academic star in the classroom. During the fall 2014 semester, Matt was selected to work as a graduate intern at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, D.C. This prestigious internship program serves as a launching pad for future public service leaders. Matt returned to Albany for his final semester with a job offer in hand from GAO; he'll be moving to D.C. immediately after graduation this May. "In less than two years at Rockefeller, I've more than doubled the length of my résumé and gained access to opportunities that I never would have considered possible."

Matt's decision to attend Rockefeller changed the game for him. "As both a college and professional athlete, I used to study, train and practice to be a game changer on the field. Today, I am confident that my experiences at Rockefeller College have given me the tools to play a similar role in the public arena."

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