Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Career Impact for MPA Alumni and Students

We're fortunate to have an inspiring group of professional advisors and successful alumni behind the MPA program and incorporate their diverse wisdom and perspective into our program. As a student, you have access to Marist alumni from your first day and you can be certain that whenever you have questions or seek advice, they will respond. 

Employment Outcomes for MPA Students

The Marist MPA program's graduating student survey gathers information about student employment, as part of its assessment process. The 2017-2018 graduate student survey had a total of 46 respondents from the 77 graduating students. Of the 46 respondents, 4% (n=2) enrolled in classes at the Marist main campus in Poughkeepsie, 13% (n=6) enrolled in classes at the NYPD Police Academy, and 83% (n=38) enrolled in classes online. For the AY2012-13 cohort, the 2-year graduation rate is 11% and the 4-year graduation rate is 70%.

Of the responding graduating students in the 2017-2018 academic year, 4% worked at the national level, 13% worked at the state level, 35% worked at the local level (city, county or other local government), 22% worked for domestic nonprofit organizations, 2% worked for international nonprofit organizations, 20% worked in the private sector, and 4% were seeking employment (with 40% unknown).

In total, 96% of the responding graduating students in the Marist MPA program reported that they were employed in 2017-2018.

Similarly, high levels of employment were reported across modalities (although there were no graduates responding from the Albany campus this past year).


“Since earning my MPA I have a much keener sense of how meaningful my work really is within my community, and how the decisions made by public managers impact the daily lives of others. Simply put, the Marist MPA program makes us better public servants – and there’s never been a greater need for that in our country than there is today.”
Marc S. Nelson, MPA '18
City Administrator for the City of Poughkeepsie, NY


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Organizations, Agencies, and Non-Profit Groups with Marist MPA Alumni

A partial list of the organizations where our alumni are currently employed includes the following:

  • American Heart Association
  • Red Cross
  • NY City Police Department and NY State Police
  • Various City/Town Governments
  • Military, Department of Homeland Security
  • Not-for-profit Agencies
  • Higher Education
  • Local Hospitals

MPA Student Profile - Class of 2018

MPA Student Profile - Class of 2018

Total Applications: 143
  Enrolled Students: 63
  Average Age: 36
  Range of Ages: 21-61  
  Students with 2+ Years of Work Experience: N/A
  Average GRE: Quant Range: 140-152; Average: 146  
  Average GRE: Verbal Range: 146-157; Average: 152  
  Average Undergrad GPA: 3.21

Class Statistics

Men: 48.1%
Women: 51.9%
New York Residents: 83.4%
Out of State Residents: 16.6%
International Students: 0.0%


Black or African American: 19.9%
Hispanic: 12.9%
Native American: 0.0%
Asian: 2.9%
Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Two or More Races: 2.1%
White: 56.0%
Unknown: 6.2%

Average Class Size: 22

Graduation Rate Information

NASPAA 2012-13 Graduation Rates

Graduated in 2 Years: 11.4%
Graduated in 4 Years: 70.5%