The Master in Public Administration is a professional 42 credit, two-year post-graduate degree designed to prepare students for managerial and other careers in government, the non-profit world and the private sector.
All students complete a set of six “Core of Common Knowledge” courses that lay a foundation for professional work in public service. Students then specialize in one of four areas of concentration: Public Management, Community Development, Educational Policy and Leadership, or International Public Service and Development. Each concentration is built around a set of required courses, colloquia and electives.
Please note, the Educational Policy and Leadership, and the International Public Service and Development concentrations are separately professionally accredited and have specific additional service and licensing requirements.
All students in the MPA program complete a graduate Internship or in the case of working professionals, a Special Problems in Public Policy course, and write a capstone research paper to apply knowledge and analysis a specific policy or administrative problem.
Our MPA program offers small classes, expert advising and mentoring and the opportunity to work closely with our distinguished faculty.
Our Executive MPA program is a perfect fit for working professionals with five or more years of mid-to-upper level administrative and/or managerial experience. This innovative program uses a cohort model of no more than 20 students, a weekend schedule, hybrid course formats in which some class sessions are online, and awards students up to nine credits for professional experience upon completion of the program.
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 program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).