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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public Affairs and Administration (PAA)

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 accredited program, you'll be challenged to be a problem solver, policy analyst and an engaged citizen of New York City's dynamic metropolitan area.

An accelerated curriculum that can be completed in as little as one year, in this unique program of study you'll:

  • Spend each semester concentrating on an area essential to building leadership careers in public service.
  • Use your internship or job 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 profitmaking 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).
  • Benefit from a convenient schedule that includes an evening, and evening/weekend options to make education practical for working adults.
  • Have access to financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
  • Leverage networking opportunities with faculty, alumni and other respected leaders in the field.

Turn Your Purpose into Professional Success

Professionals who earn their master of public administration at MCNY graduate with the essential executive and analytical skills they need to be effective leaders in all areas associated with public emergencies, disasters and catastrophes. Graduates have gone on to work for (list of businesses/agencies).

Find out how you can become one of them. Attend an upcoming event or request more information. Ready to get started? Apply now.

Sandra Carr, MPA, Public Affairs & Administration, '08

Why did you choose MCNY?
I had been working for 19 years and my supervisor at Visiting Nurse Service encouraged me to go to college. I chose MCNY because the people were welcoming and the process was easy. I got my undergrad and masters at the same time. I chose MCNY and never looked back!

What is different about MCNY?
I met a lot of people from all walks of life with all different ideas. That taught me how to deal with different kinds of people and cultures - which I still do.

How did your education lead to what you do now?
I was working at Visting Nurse Service in the acute care department. I dealt with patients filing their paperwork, but the paperwork never got back in time for the company to get paid. So I focused on finding ways to fix that. I workshopped ideas of how to fix the problem, got a consensus of the best ways to fix it, then figured out how to get the paperwork back in time to get paid. I solved a real problem and my company began using the system I came up with. I use the same problem-solving skills in my job now.

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