Online Master's Degree in Public Administration
Earn Your MPA Graduate Degree in Ethical Leadership, Healthcare Administration or Public Management
Mission and Values Statement of the Marist College MPA
The online Public Administration Master’s degree program at Marist College 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 degree program fulfills its mission by applying theory to practice. The graduate degree 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 graduate degree 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 Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) graduate degree 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. MPA graduate 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 master’s degree 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.
Master’s in Public Administration Concentrations
Ethical Leadership MPA Degree Concentration:
Ethical leadership has become increasingly important in today's organizations. Public Administration master's degree students enrolled in this graduate level concentration will learn the basic tenants of leadership and ethical decision-making in preparation to become both effective and ethic leaders while developing strategies for administrating ethical dilemmas that will be present throughout their careers.
Healthcare Administration MPA Degree Concentration:
Whether you are already working in the healthcare sector, or new to the field, the Master’s in Public Administration graduate degree in healthcare administration concentration will help you understand the big picture of the industry, become a more effective healthcare manager, develop a deeper understanding of issues facing the healthcare industry, and better understand the unique situations healthcare managers must administer on a daily basis.
- Public Management MPA Concentration:
Successful and effective management of organizations require a unique set of skills. As part of the master's degree in public administration, the public management concentration helps to prepare current and aspiring managers for organizations of all sizes: from large, governmental agencies to NGOs expanding their reach globally, to small, community-based non-profits.