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Master of Public Administration

School of Management

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Expand your skills as a leader and innovator. Obtain the latest knowledge and skills and master public service values on your schedule. Complete your education ready to manage a 21st-century public, health care, or nonprofit organization.

Excel in the Public Sector with a Specialized MPA

The Marist MPA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), and gives students access to sector-specific management knowledge, skills, and values. Alongside this rigorous and comprehensive skill development program, students study and explore core public service values that will continue to shape the effectiveness and ethical fabric of our nation. Concentrations include:

Accelerated Online MPA Program

Students looking to acquire their Master of Public Administration in a timely manner can pursue the accelerated 14-month MPA program track. The accelerated MPA program provides students with the opportunity to discover unique concentrations, receive hands-on industry-related experiences, and can enhance their academic and professional career goals quicker.

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Full- and Part-Time Online MPA Program

The Master of Public Administration degree was designed with flexibility, offering full- and part-time approaches. You can complete your courses 100% online as a full-time or part-time student. 

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The MPA is delivered 100% online:  The Marist MPA is offered in an asynchronous online format to accommodate the needs of working professionals. While the courses are structured and interactive - with clearly articulated assignments, projects, readings, forum post discussions, and deadlines – students are not required to log in on specific dates and times.  


Marist MPA alumnus Christopher was able to correlate his professional experiences and apply them to assignments. Using a wholistic approach in the public sector, he works with a team of people every day. Learning how to manage groups through the program was enlightening for Christopher.

Watch the video at the left to hear more about Christopher Kelly's experience in the MPA program at Marist.

A Respected and Unique MPA Program that Conforms to Your Schedule

The Marist MPA program affords students the opportunity to develop intricate leadership skills in a manner that works for students who are managing busy schedules. With start terms throughout the calendar year, and classes delivered however you choose, the Marist MPA program can help students take their career to the next level. View tuition and fees >

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Annual start dates.

We offer multiple start terms throughout the calendar year including August, October, January, March, and June.

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100% online.

Every course is offered 100% online for your flexibility.

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Work at your speed.

Juggle your busy schedule with full-time and part-time class offerings.

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Specialized concentrations.

Choose the course track that most interests you including public and nonprofit management, ethical leadership, analytics, or healthcare administration.

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NASPAA accredited.

Backed by the global standard for public service education.

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Employment rate at graduation.

According to student reported data, 93% of MPA 2022-23 graduates were employed upon completion of the program.

Seasoned Industry Experts with Diverse Perspectives on Success

The faculty within the Marist MPA program will teach you the skills you need to lead in the global community of the 21st century, because they have a variety of professional experiences to bring to your education. Our faculty take an individualized approach that combines industry knowledge with research to provide students with a well-rounded experience.  View all public and non-profit administration faculty >


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Classes Delivered How You Want Them

We understand just how much the classroom environment has changed in recent years, which is why we offer the Marist MPA 100% online. We are proud to host students across the region, country and world who enroll in Marist’s online MPA course sequence. Each of our classes is available in eight-week blocks in order to deliver a concentrated, efficient learning experience.

When you’re ready to start your degree, Marist is ready to welcome you and offers five annual start dates.

  • Fall Starts: August and October
  • Spring Starts: January and March
  • Summer Start: June

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When Racine enrolled in Marist MPA program she instantly began developing relationships with her classmates and the faculty. The professors take the time to get to know their students and provide the support students need while balancing their jobs and coursework. Throughout her time in the program she was able to apply the concepts she learned to her job to continue to grow.

Watch the video at the right to hear more about Racine Rodriguez's experience in the MPA program at Marist.

Refine Your Skills to Make an Impact in Your Communities

Our students come to us with a wide breadth of experiences, and it’s not uncommon to see first responders and other key community leaders in our classrooms. To honor the impact these individuals make on a daily basis, we are thrilled to offer generous 50% off discounts for all first responders (police/firefighters/emt/paramedics) who enroll in the Marist MPA program.

Because services and community involvement play such a important role in our community, we have also taken the initiative to partner with a variety of organizations across the region and create competitive tuition discounts for students who are part of these excellent institutions.

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