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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a 42-credit program of graduate professional study for management and leadership in public service and is accredited by the National Association of School of Public Administration (NASPAA).

Admission to the Program

Eligibility to apply to the MPA requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and evidence of potential to succeed at graduate study. Individuals are encouraged to apply for admission to the MPA program as soon as possible. Applications are welcomed until August 15 for the summer or fall semester, and until January 15 for the spring semester. (After these dates, applications are reviewed if time permits.)

Application materials are available online. The application includes:

  1. a Statement of Objectives;
  2. official transcripts of undergraduate and prior graduate work (except for transcripts from The College at Brockport);
  3. two letters of recommendation from persons in a position to assess the applicant's potential for significant academic or administrative achievements (e.g., professors, supervisors;
  4. résumé; and
  5. test scores on the GRE General Exam if any of the following conditions apply:
    • the applicant has less than an overall cumulative average of 3.0 in undergraduate study from the college or university granting applicant's baccalaureate degree.
    • the applicant's undergraduate transcript shows a pattern of repeated courses with grades below "B."
    • the applicant graduated from an undergraduate institution that does not supply letter grades for 40 percent or more of the courses on the applicant's transcript.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.

To receive the MPA, students must fulfill the following requirements within a seven-year period from the time of matriculation into the program. Extensions are rare, but may be requested under extenuating circumstances.

  1. Complete 42 graduate credits.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in basic computer applications.
  3. Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (a grade of "B" or better). Failure to maintain this cumulative average will result in dismissal from the program. More than three credits of course work below "B" will result in dismissal. Core courses may not be repeated, and an "E" in a core course will result in dismissal. Note: The Department of Public Administration adheres to a policy that is more strict than the Collegewide probation policy.

In order to attain the MPA degree students complete a total of 42 credits of course work (14 courses). Eighteen credits are in the common core courses; 9 credits are in the required courses from the emphasis selected; 15 credits are in elective courses as shown below.

Common Core and Elective Courses (33 credits)

  • PAD 640 Financial Management
  • PAD 682 Organizational Behavior
  • PAD 685 Human Resource Management
  • PAD 687 Statistics for Managers
  • PAD 688 Research and Program Evaluation
  • PAD 696 Portfolio Seminar
  • FIVE (5) courses of elective graduate credit in consultation with an advisor

In addition, students pursue a three-course emphasis in one of the following areas:

Emphasis in General Public Administration (9 credits)

  • PAD 641 Foundations of Public Administration
  • PAD 681 Strategic Management for Public Organizations
  • PAD 683 Intergovernmental Relations

Emphasis in Health Care Management (9 credits)

  • PAD 613 Health Care in America
  • PAD 619 Financial Management of Health Care Organizations
  • PAD 681 Strategic Management for Public Organizations

Emphasis in Non-profit Management (9 credits)

  • PAD 646 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
  • PAD 678 Nonprofit Management

Total Number of Credits: 42