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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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MPA Admission Requirements

You have put a lot of thought into making the decision to apply. Make sure you don’t forget the details!

Preparing to Apply

Before you begin the online application, we highly recommend you have your current resume and personal statement finalized.  Both documents will be uploaded to the centralized application.

How to Apply

All applications for admission will be processed through a centralized application service for graduate business programs (BusinessCAS). 

You will create an account via the online application portal (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox).  If you encounter any issues, please contact our technical support at 857-304-2053 x4025 or via email businesscasinfo@liaisoncas.com.

You will select the following:

  • Term – summer, fall or spring
  • Institution – Marist College
  • Program – MPA (be sure to select the correct application by location/delivery: Albany, Poughkeepsie, Queens, or Online)

A Complete Application in BusinessCAS includes the following:

  • Unofficial transcript from bachelor’s degree-granting college/university must be uploaded to the application for an admission decision.  Official bachelor’s degree noted transcript will be required upon acceptance in order to matriculate.
    • Electronic official transcripts will be accepted through Credentials SolutionsNational Clearinghouse, or Parchment. Be sure to enter Marist College as the recipient
    • Official transcripts can also be sent via mail to:

Marist College
Office of Enrollment Services
3399 N. Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

  • Current resume
  • Personal statement to include responses to the following:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing a degree at Marist College?
    • What are your academic/professional goals and how do you believe Marist can assist in achieving those goals?
    • Provide some personal history/additional information about you that will help the Admission Committee better make an informed admission decision
  • Nonrefundable $70 application fee


International Students

This program is not F-1 Student VISA eligible.

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Steven Noble, MPA '19

Steven Noble, MPA '19 I have dedicated my professional life to public service, and with that, I have always felt I wanted to know everything I could to help improve the City of Kingston. The Marist College Master's in Public Administration program was the perfect fit. Even though my work as Mayor is taxing on my schedule, I was able to effectively learn and network with others online, to enhance my skills in areas of public innovation, ethics, human resources and dozens of other areas that I work in each day. This program allowed me to become an even better administrator while also seeing other great public administration models across the country. I would definitely recommend the program to anyone looking to lead the next generation of public servants.