Masters of Public Administration Course Format and Delivery
The Marist MPA is comprised of core courses, electives, and optional concentrations in ethical leadership, health care administration, and public administration management.
Students may pursue the MPA program in a hybrid (face-to-face and online sessions), fully online, or through a combination of both – whatever best suits their needs. The face-to-face components of the hybrid courses are at sites in Albany and NYC. Hybrid courses and online courses cover the same content, have identical learning goals, and are taught by the same faculty. The key difference is the delivery format.
Courses are offered in 8-week segments or “rounds.” Round 1 courses run the first 8 weeks of each semester. Round 2 courses run the second 8 weeks of each semester. The face-to-face component of the hybrid courses are offered over the same 8-week segments with meetings one night per week.
Marist College, a recognized leader in the use of technology in the classroom, was the first college in New York State to gain approval to offer its entire MPA program online. Students juggling work responsibilities, military duty, travel requirements, and family obligations can pursue their MPA from the convenience of their own keyboards, whenever and wherever they may be. iLearn instructional technology enables students to interact extensively with their instructors and classmates in a partable and flexible online learning format. Online students log on according to their own schedules, when it is most convenient for them. Communication is continuous via e-mail, discussion forums, virtual group conference rooms, and private chat rooms. There is no on-campus requirement for students completing the program fully online, nor are all students expected to be online at the same time as course content is administrated in an asynchronous manner.
Notable Accolades for the Marist Online MPA
- Both online and classroom-based programs are fully accredited by NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration).
- The Online MPA is ranked one of the 20 Best Online Master of Public Administration Degree Programs according to TheBestSchools.org.
- Marist MPA online courses are designed to meet the online learning standards used by Quality Matters. Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning.
Required of all students in the Marist MPA, founation courses may be waived based on prior coursework.
This set of courses is required of all students in the Marist MPA. Courses are taught with emphasis on the public manager perspective and skill set..
Concentrations are comprised of elective courses and allow students to specialize in a particular area: ethical leadership, health care administration, or public administration management.
Elective courses are required in the Marist MPA and allow each student to specialize in advanced topics related to their career and professional goals or individual interests.