Master of Public Administration

NEW for FALL 2023!

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Empire State College is designed for civil servants and others who aspire to career advancement in public service or the not-for-profit service sector. Providing students with advanced skill sets that are necessary for supervisory and managerial positions, the MPA will introduce students to the historical development of the field, as well as to recent trends in Public Administration. Through understanding the interplay of governmental interventions, political factors, and ethical implications, students will be able to analyze, evaluate, and formulate policies. Graduates of the program qualify for director, coordinator, and management and leadership roles in public and not-for-profit organizations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in these fields is projected to grow 12 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. The bureau projects that there will be 18,000 job openings for social and community service managers each year, on average, between 2021 and 2031.

This program accepts a small number of transfer credits. Please visit our Transfer page for more information.

Program Design

The MPA is a 30-credit master’s degree program that includes 10, 3-credit courses including a final project.

Required Courses

  • PPOL 6007 - Policy Process
  • PPOL 6010 - Social Policy Perspectives
  • PPOL 6015 - Policy Implementation
  • PPOL 6020 - Research Methods
  • PPOL 6030 - Public Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 6085 - Public Administration
  • PPOL 6170 - Public Finance
  • PPOL 6175 - Public Sector Decision Making
  • PPOL 6180 - State and Local Government
  • PADM 7020 - Final Project: Public Administration

Final Project

The final project for the MPA degree program is a policy memorandum written from the perspective of an executive level program administrator to a governmental oversight committee.

Enrollment Sequences

Below are the expected part-time course sequences for students who begin in the fall or spring terms.

Fall Term Start

 COURSES
FALL TERM 1

PPOL 6085 Public Administration, 3cr
PPOL 6010 Social Policy Perspectives, 3cr
SPRING TERM 1

PPOL 6007 Policy Process, 3cr
PPOL 6020 Research Methods, 3cr
SUMMER TERM 1

PPOL 6180 State and Local Government, 3cr
PPOL 6175 Public Sector Decision Making, 3cr
FALL TERM 2

PPOL 6015 Policy Implementation, 3cr
PPOL 6030 Public Policy Analysis, 3cr
SPRING TERM 2
 
PPOL 6170 Public Finance, 3cr
PADM 7020 Final Project: Public Administration, 3cr
TOTAL CREDITS 30

Spring Term Start

 COURSES
SPRING TERM 1 PPOL 6010 Social Policy Perspectives, 3cr
  PPOL 6085 Public Administration, 3cr
SUMMER TERM 1 PPOL 6180 State and Local Government, 3cr
  PPOL 6030 Public Policy Analysis, 3cr
FALL TERM 1 PPOL 6007 Policy Process, 3cr
  PPOL 6020 Research Methods, 3cr
SPRING TERM 2 PPOL 6015 Policy Implementation, 3cr
  PPOL 6170 Public Finance, 3cr
SUMMER TERM 2 PPOL 6175 Public Sector Decision Making, 3cr
  PADM 7020 Final Project: Public Administration, 3cr
TOTAL CREDITS 30

Applications will be accepted shortly. Please visit our Admissions pages for more information.