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Public and Nonprofit Management Department

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Public and Nonprofit Management


The Department of Public and Nonprofit Management is located within the Marist School of Management, and it oversees the Master of Public Administration program (MPA).  The School of Management has offered the MPA degree since 1980 and is considered a leading provider of the program, with hundreds of successful alumni employed in local, state, and federal agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations throughout the country. The Marist MPA is designed for individuals with an expressed interest in public management, healthcare, law enforcement, human service, and the nonprofit sector.

MPA Course Format and Delivery

Students may pursue the MPA program in a hybrid format (both face-to-face and online sessions), fully online, or through a combination of both - whatever best suits their needs. The face-to-face component of the hybrid courses takes place at the Fishkill Executive Center and at sites in Albany and New York City. 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 eight-week segments or “rounds.” Round 1 courses run the first eight weeks of each semester, while Round 2 courses run the second eight weeks of each semester. The face-to-face component of the hybrid courses is offered over the same eight-week segments with meetings one night per week.