Online Master's Degree in Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (MPA) 1 Master of Public Administration (MPA) 2

Advance your skills in public policy and management

The Marist MPA prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and values to be ethical leaders of diverse public and non-profit organizations. Read More >

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An innovative MPA program for uniformed and civilian employees working in emergency services, law enforcement, fire prevention, or criminal justice.Read More >

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Upon graduation, most MPA students are already employed, having entered the program working in the public sector...
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Nearly Half of All Final Course Innovation Papers are Successfully Implemented

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Mission and Values Statement of the Marist College MPA

The Marist Public Administration program prepares innovative leaders of public and nonprofit organizations with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for effectively managing in a diverse, technologically engaged and global society.

The Marist MPA program fulfills its mission by applying theory to practice.  The program emphasizes applied course content through dynamic delivery platforms and is dedicated to the spirit of continuous evaluation and improvement.

Fostering the Development of Knowledge

The Marist MPA program’s commitment to excellence in education is demonstrated through the integration of public administration theories with the practice of management in the public and non-profit sectors. Delivered with the assistance of distinctive teaching methods and technologies, courses investigate various perspectives through an integrated curriculum. Students acquire insight into important content areas of public administration, law, human resources, policy, management and ethics.

Implementing Practical Management Skills

The Marist MPA program emphasizes effective communication, quantitative and qualitative analysis, data-driven decision making, and the use of technology to enhance the leadership in, and management of, public organizations. Students learn to motivate themselves and others, and encourage creativity while leading groups through organizational change. Courses, grounded in practice, foster critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, and strategic management.

Promoting Public Service Values

The Marist MPA program builds working relationships among Marist MPA faculty, students, alumni, public and non-profit organization leaders, and community partners. Life-long learning is emphasized through a focus on working professionals and the valuable experiences brought to the classroom, whether in person or online. Democratic governance principles are explored as students prepare for leadership roles in a society that requires transparency and accountability from public administrators. Professional ideals support the development of work environments that engender integrity, mutual respect, equity, and fairness. Ethical values are integrated throughout the curriculum to assure students understand critical issues such as working in a global society, cultural competency, sustainability, digital divides, and diversity in the workforce.

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