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Merrimack College Master of Public Affairs
Merrimack College

Master of Public Affairs

North Andover, USA

1 Years


Full time, Part time

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The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program is an innovative and interdisciplinary program that prepares students for dynamic and interesting careers as leaders in the world of public affairs and public policy.

The MPA program trains the next generation of public affairs workers and policy leaders to understand, evaluate, and tackle increasingly complex public issues in a globalized world. The program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to address important problems in society and to excel in the areas of ethical leadership, collaborative governance, public policy strategy, economic analysis, and more.

Students interested in pursuing the MPA, the accepted professional credential for public service professionals, are interested in being civically engaged members of the community and society, and seek an active role in promoting positive change in the public and nonprofit sectors. They wish to make an impact on the issues and problems that affect the general public. Many are involved in providing vital services in cities and states and are influencing organizations, guiding public policy and impacting the lives of fellow citizens in real and meaningful ways. Students graduate with an understanding of all influencing factors which contribute to the development and implementation of public policies.

The Master of Public Affairs program begins with the fall 2015 term.

Career opportunities with the Master of Public Affairs

Graduates of the Master in Public Affairs will become leaders and managers in a variety of careers in national, regional, and local organizations within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Master in Public Affairs prepares students to work as public affairs analysts, policy makers, leading administrators, researchers, consultants and public health professionals. They may also enter careers in criminal justice, education, and health care.

Admission Requirements

The MPA requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Standardized test scores are not required to complete an application, though we encourage students to submit test scores if they have taken an exam

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit test scores. Merrimack requires a TOEFL minimum score of 84 on the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 21 on the writing subset). For IELTS, Merrimack requires a minimum score of 6.5 (with no band below 6.0). For the Pearson Test of English Academic, Merrimack requires a minimum score of 56.

Graduate Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Affairs can be earned by completing a one-year program comprised of eight courses (32 credits). Students can complete the program full time in one year, or part time in two years. The coursework is designed to give students a foundation in theory and research as well as emphasis on practical applications.

Required Core Courses (4 courses)

  • Foundations in Public Affairs
  • Research Methods
  • Public Finance
  • Public Affairs Internship or Strategic Capstone

Elective Courses (4 courses)

  • Organization Theory & Practice
  • Environmental Policy
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Political Economy
  • Public Administration
  • State & Local Politics
  • Business Law & Ethics
  • Immigration Policy course
  • Globalization & Democracy course
  • Survey of Women, Law, and Public Policy

The MPA program is dedicated to experiential learning and requires a public affairs internship or strategic capstone, selected by the student with counsel from his/her faculty advisor.

Program Admission Requirements

Demonstrate your commitment and readiness to succeed in business school by taking the GMAT exam – the most widely used exam for admissions that measures your critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Download the GMAT mini quiz to get a flavour of the questions you’ll find in the exam.

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