Which program is right for me?

Having trouble deciding which program is for you? We’ve listed some of the key features of our degree programs below. As always, please reach out to our Admissions Staff with any questions you may have.


Master of Public Administration degrees (PNP & HPAM)

MS public policy

Executive MPA

Who Should Apply?

Students seeking leadership roles in the public and nonprofit sectors, looking for a flexible curriculum and an expansive selection of specializations & electives. Those wanting a structured, intensive curriculum equipping them with the essential abilities to evaluate, formulate, and implement public policy.  Designed to cater to the unique aspirations of mid-career professionals who need to balance a top-tier graduate education with commitments outside of school.


45 credits 42 credits 30 credits

Enrollment Type

Full-Time or Part-Time Full-time, Only Full-Time or Part-Time

When To Apply

Fall or Spring Fall Fall

Program Start

September or January August August 

Program Length

2 years, or 2.5 years FT if beginning in the Spring Term. 3 to 4 years PT 1 year accelerated  1 year FT; or 1.5-3 years PT

Professional Experience

No requirement. On average students enter with 2-5 years of work experience. No requirement. 2-3 years of work experience, preferred. 7 years of work experience, with increasingly progressive management and leadership responsibility, required.

Class Times

Evenings, with some daytime and weekend courses. Most courses offered during the daytime. Evenings and Saturdays, with some weekday daytime options.


Both MPA programs consists of core courses, a required specialization, electives, and a capstone. The curriculum blends policy analysis, management, quantitative methods, and communication skills. Orientation, core courses, co-curricular programming, and elective coursework.


Students entering with less than 2 years full-time degree-relevant experience are required to fulfill the Professional Experience Requirement. Students secure an internship during the Spring term as a vital and mandatory aspect of the program's curriculum. Not applicable

Culminating Experience

All MPA students are required to complete the Capstone program. MSPP students complete a studio project that uses data as the basis for an individual master's policy analysis brief. Not applicable

Career Outcomes

Graduates work in a variety of sectors including non-profit, public, and private. Graduates begin their policy careers in think tanks, policy consulting orgs, government agencies, foundations, and private sector companies. Graduates hold leadership positions across nonprofit, government, philanthropic, and private sectors.

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Scholarships + Funding

Merit and need-based aid including fellowship and graduate assistantships are available. Merit-based aid available. Merit and need-based aid are available.

Ideal Candidates

Competitive candidates will have strong written and verbal communication abilities, problem-solving, quantitative and leadership skills. Candidates with strong evidence of quantitative proficiency in undergraduate-level economics, statistics, and calculus courses.  Practicing professionals with a strong interest in leadership and a proven track record of accomplishments that showcase their ability to inspire and drive positive change.

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