The MPA at Marist is ideal for working professionals looking to advance their management skills and knowledge of public administration. Combined with seasoned, experienced faculty who are well-respected in the field, the Marist MPA graduate degree program provides students the opportunity to learn from one another and work with outstanding professionals on projects that will prepare them to successfully take their career to the next level. As an MPA student, you'll increase your professional network to include your fellow classmates, accomplished faculty, mentors, and School of Management Alumni.  

When you complete your MPA program you will become part of an extraordinary Marist College legacy that has produced leaders in virtually every field, and totals nearly 30,000 alumni around the globe. You also will have unparalleled access to more than 5,000 Marist School of Management Alumni who are noted for their responsiveness and commitment to the community. At Marist, everyone makes a difference, and it does not end after commencement. Your community of colleagues and friends remains strong--even decades later. Learn more about our MPA alumni and students by selection any of the profile interviews listed below.

Christopher Kelly, MPA Christopher Kelly, 2014
Ulster County
Deputy Commissioner of Finance
Pari Forood, MPA Pari Forood, 2015
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
Executive Director
Nan Priest, MPA Nan Priest, 2012
The Arc of Ulster-Greene
Chief Operating Officer
Keith Voltsky, MPA Keith Volsky, 2015
Siena College
Facilities Management
Allyson Watson, MPA Allyson Watson, 2013
Downtown De Pere Inc.
Executive Director
Peter Zayas, MPA Peter Zayas, 2016
Retired Nassau County Police Officer
Michael Johnson, MPA Michael D. Johnson, 2017
Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP
Geraldo Silva, MPA Geraldo Silva, 2017
Port Authority Police of NY & NJ
Police Inspector/Commanding Officer

Joseph A. Sinagra, MPA Joseph A. Sinagra, 2014
Saugerties Police Department
Police Chief
Photo Not Available Rachael L. VanDeusen (Farrar), 2008
New York State Police
Carly Kirkman, MPA Carly Kirkman, 2017
Arbor Youth Services
Youth Development Worker
Leo Dylewski, MPA Leo Dylewski, 2016
City of Peekskill Police Department
Nora Ahmed, MPA Nora Ahmed, 2009
New York Police Department
Simone Miranda, MPA Simone Miranda, 2013
Schenectady City School District
Community Learning Center Project Manager
Matthew Squire, MPA Matthew Squire, 2015
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Where Marist MPA Graduates are Employed

As an NASPAA accredited program, the Marist MPA surveys graduating students to examine the types of organizations in which they work. Of the responding graduating students in the 2016-2017 academic year, 5% worked at the national level, 15% worked at the state level, 45% worked at the local level (city, county or other local government), 19% worked for domestic nonprofit organizations, 8% worked in the private sector, and 2% were seeking employment (with 6% unknown). In total, 92% of the responding graduating students in the Marist MPA program reported that they were employed in 2016-2017.

Internship Placements for MPA Students

For those MPA students participating in internships as part of their plan of study, placements were split about evenly between state/local government agencies and domestic nonprofit organizations. Internship assignments were mostly in the New York State area but ranged as far as Florida, Texas, and Massachusetts. In state and local government, interns held positions with the New York State and Local Retirement System, the New York State Court Community and Public Service Program, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Dutchess County Department of Health. For nonprofit organizations, interns contributed to Parkway in Motion (a youth organization in Boston), the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, St. Christopher Residential Treatment Center in Westchester County, New York Hospital Queens Medicine and Surgery, Dallas County Community College District Financial Aid, and the Poughkeepsie Public School District.

Internship responsibilities included such tasks as reviewing and updating policies and procedures for the Massachusetts nuclear trust account and helping to automate data collection of Individual Education Plans for an Early Intervention Program targeted at infants and toddlers.

MPA Program Completion Rates

Of the 103 students who were newly enrolled in fall 2011 or spring 2012, 73% have graduated. Of the cohort, 18% graduated in two years, 62% graduated in three years, and by the fourth year, 70% had graduated. Students have up to 7 years to complete the program.