The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Rutgers-Camden offers on-campus classes in the evening, and some cases, in the late afternoon. The MPA degree is designed to prepare students for managerial and other careers in government, the non-profit world and the private sector.
Our MPA program offers small classes, expert advising and mentoring, and the opportunity to work closely with our distinguished faculty.
MPA students with at least a 3.7 GPA are eligible to participate in Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public administration and service. The Rutgers-Camden MPA and EMPA programs in New Jersey are fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Completing the MPA Degree
The MPA program is a professional 42-credit, two-year full-time, or four-year part-time graduate degree. Part-time and working students make up a significant portion of the student population and average six-to-nine semesters for degree completion.
(Applies to Summer/Fall 2017 Admissions)
All MPA students complete the seven-course “Core of Common Knowledge” courses that lay a foundation for professional work in public service. Students then choose a specialization from among the following:
The Public Management and Community Development specializations each require three additional classes; an internship (see our waiver policy); and three to four electives. Students have the option of structuring their elective courses around a policy focus.
- International Public Service and Development Policy
- Education Policy
The Educational Leadership specialization is primarily for teachers and education professionals interested in pursuing school leader (i.e., principal) certification, or other opportunities for working in the public or nonprofit sectors, including in the charter school arena in New Jersey. It includes four courses in Education Leadership; a 600-hour (6 credit) internship in a school setting, and an additional elective class. Completion of the specialization meets the New Jersey Department of Education’s academic requirements for a range of administrative and supervisory certifications.
Students admitted prior to Summer 2017, may elect the MPA program requirements in place in their year of admission, or they may choose to adopt the new requirements.
All students except those in the EMPA program (see below) complete a graduate Internship, or in the case of working professionals exempt from the requirement, an elective course. See this link for more information on internship requirements and our waiver policy.
All MPA candidates complete a capstone research paper to demonstrate the application of core course knowledge and analysis to a specific policy or administrative problem.
Executive MPA (EMPA) Program
The Executive MPA program is an accelerated program designed for mid-career professionals to be completed in two years. To be eligible, applicants must have at least five or more years of public or nonprofit management experience. Courses are offered at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey on Saturday mornings, and taught in a hybrid (in-person and online) format.