Graduate School : Downstate

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Description
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed for those interested in management, administration, and the design and implementation of services in public, quasi-public, and nonprofit agencies in law enforcement/criminal justice, probation, youth corrections, community planning and development, programs for the aging, housing, public health, hospital administration, city and county administration, welfare services, social counseling, and other municipal and social services.

The program focuses on:

  • Developing an understanding of public and social policy issues,
  • Gaining an appreciation for organizational behavior,
  • Budget formation and management, and
  • Utilization of effective management techniques.

Program Process
The MPA program is designed to be a part-time program for working adults. All classes meet for full days on weekends, with each course consisting of five class sessions. Students become part of a group that meets on Saturdays and remains together for the duration of the program. Core courses relate to the needs of those intending to serve in administrative and managerial roles in health care, non-profit, and criminal justice organizations. Elective courses include public sector budgeting and accounting, legal and regulatory issues, computer applications, and specialty topics in health care, non-profit, and criminal justice management. Students who follow the prescribed course sequence can expect to complete the program in 15 months, including two summers of academic work.

Campus Visit Requirement
Students are required to travel to Alfred University to attend class once during the completion of this program. Campus visits are for one week during the summer. Campus housing is available to students and Alfred University and CITE assist students in making arrangements. Costs associated with these visits are not included in the cost of tuition. Information about housing and transportation is distributed to accepted students.

Field Experience
Individuals who do not have previous public administration experience are required to complete a 100 contact-hour, two-credit field experience at a health care, criminal justice, or non-profit agency that fits their interest area. Students who have previous experience have the option of pursuing a field experience if they desire to broaden their experience in public administration, but are not required to do so. See sequence of courses.

More Information

Application requirements
MPA Course Sequence
Downstate Programs overview
Information for current Downstate students
Requirements for off-campus programs