Master of Public Administration (MPA) Facts

  1. Marist MPA is home to over 200 current students and thousands of MPA alumni! Upon graduation, most MPA students are already employed, having entered the program working in the public sector. Nevertheless, Marist offers Career Services with workshops, career fairs, special meetings with employers or recruiters to discuss internships and full-time jobs. The Marist MPA also requires an internship, which can be waived for students with 2 or more years of approved professional experience. (For more info about MPA internships contact Dr. Tony Carrizales).
  2. Pi Alpha Alpha has a Marist Chapter. The purposes of this Society is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration, to promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration, and to foster integrity, professionalism and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities. (For more info about Pi Alpha Alpha contact Dr. Anne Zahradnik).
  3. Nearly half of all final course innovation papers are successfully implemented. MPA 699 Innovation in Public Administration is the final course in the Marist MPA program. It is applied and innovation based. Some programs refer to such courses as capstone or seminar courses. As a part of MPA 699, students are required to develop implementation plans for a new process, policy, or program at a nonprofit organization or government agency. Innovations are fundamental dramatic, bold, and many are implemented by the supporting agencies and organizations.