Don’t just serve the public—become a true leader—with an MPA in Public Affairs and Administration (MPA-PAA) degree from MCNY. In this program, you’ll be challenged to be a problem solver, policy analyst, and an engaged citizen of New York City’s dynamic metropolitan area.

The mission of MCNY’s Master of Public Administration program in public affairs and administration is to educate those who are or will be leaders and administrators of public and nonprofit organizations in New York City and its metropolitan area. The program emphasizes the following public service values:

  • Purposefulness: use knowledge and skill to achieve a purpose in public or nonprofit organizations

  • Practicality: solve problems through Constructive Action

  • Integration: unite theory and practice; classroom, workplace, and community

  • Inclusiveness: include students, citizens, supervisors, and faculty in the determination of need

  • Equity: deliver services according to need

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This program will allow you to:

  • Spend each semester concentrating on an area essential to building leadership careers in public service.
  • Use your internship or job as a laboratory to apply learning to create a systematic enhancement in the delivery of services to the organization. You earn credit for these hours, so you can work part-time or full-time while attending classes full-time.
  • Benefit from on-site experience and practical knowledge through Constructive Action by providing a hands-on, problem-solving approach to the particular needs of your organization.
  • Learn in a program designed for working professionals with some related experience in a public agency, not-for-profit or profit-making setting and delivered based on the industry’s best practices. MCNY is an active member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

  • Have access to financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

  • Leverage networking opportunities with faculty, alumni and other business leaders.

Urban Dialogue

“Urban Dialogue” is a speaker series that provides a forum in which scholars, legislators, policy makers, students, and citizens can exchange ideas and discuss issues and trends that affect New York City and other urban centers across the nation.

Turn Your Purpose into Professional Success

Professionals who earn their master of public administration degree at MCNY graduate with the essential executive and analytical skills necessary to be an effective leader and enhance the efficiency of the public agency, not-for-profit or profitmaking organization where they work.

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