Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Earn Your NASPAA-Accredited MPA Graduate Degree Online or in the Classroom

The Public Administration Master's degree program at Marist College prepares innovative leaders of public and nonprofit organizations with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for effectively managing in a diverse, technologically engaged and global society. While enrolled in the Master's of Public Administration graduate degree students have the opportunity to concentrate in specific areas of study such as Public Management, Nonprofit Management, Healthcare Administration, Ethical Leadership or Analytics. The Marist MPA is offered 100% online and as a hybrid of both online and traditional classes at three locations in New York state: Poughkeepsie, Albany, and Queens (NYC).

Five Start Terms

Part of the flexibility of Marist's MBA program is that we offer five different start terms. Don't lose motivation by waiting several months to start the program - when you're ready, Marist is ready. 

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

Need a 100% Online MPA Graduate Degree Program? Consider Marist.

Through the iLearn online learning platform, students are able to earn their degree while balancing family, career, and busy life schedules.

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Commitment to Excellence

The Marist MPA graduate degree program's commitment to excellence in education is demonstrated through the integration of public administration theories with the practice of management in the public and non-profit sectors. MPA students acquire insight into important content areas of public administration, law, human resources, policy, management, and ethics.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate degree emphasizes effective communication, quantitative and qualitative analysis, data-driven decision making, and the use of technology to enhance the leadership in, and management of, public organizations. Courses, grounded in practice, foster critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation, and strategic management.

The Marist master's degree program builds working relationships among Marist MPA faculty, students, alumni, public and non-profit organization leaders, and community partners. Democratic governance principles are explored as students prepare for leadership roles in a society that requires transparency and accountability from public administrators. Professional ideals support the development of work environments that engender integrity, mutual respect, equity, and fairness. Ethical values are integrated throughout the curriculum to assure students understand critical issues such as working in a global society, cultural competency, sustainability, digital divides, and diversity in the workforce.

Master of Public Administration Concentrations

Pari Forood, MPA '15

Pari Forood, MPA Class of 2015How has a degree from Marist and your coursework enhanced your career? 

My knowledge of my field has increased tenfold: I am a better strategic thinker; I have a better overall appreciation for the process of creating, implementing and evaluating programming; I understand nonprofit organizations, public organizations, bureaucracies their history and how to make them more efficient; I now know and appreciate how to motivate and reward staff; I am a better writer; and I have a great appreciation for the budgeting process.

Read more about Pari's experience in her Red Fox Spotlight interview!