M.A. in Public Administration
MPA Course Format and Delivery
The Marist MPA is comprised of core courses, electives, and optional concentrations in ethical leadership, health care administration, nonprofit management, analytics, 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.