The Rutgers-Camden Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and Executive MPA programs equip students with a versatile skill set to excel in the dynamic realm of public service. Students will gain proficiency in essential areas such as data analytics, financial management, leadership, and information technology, enabling them to make data-informed policy and management decisions, manage public resources effectively, and lead teams to achieve collective goals.

Our programs boast flexible course delivery modalities, offering students a mix of in-person, hybrid, and fully online courses. Customize your academic path to align with your individual needs and the timing of your personal and professional aspirations. Our MPA program offers small classes, expert advising and mentoring, and the opportunity to work closely with our distinguished faculty. 

Upon graduation, our students find a myriad of rewarding career opportunities, including positions within city and municipality governments, state and federal agencies, and leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, making a lasting impact in the public and nonprofit sectors.


Completing the MPA Degree

The MPA program is a professional 42-credit graduate degree program that supports part-time and full-time students. Full-time students can complete the MPA degree in 3-to-5 semesters. Part-time and working students make up a significant portion of the student population and average six-to-nine semesters for degree completion.


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:

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.

Returning Peace Corps Volunteers – Coverdell Fellowship Option

Pi Alpha Alpha Membership

Graduating 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).   

Read more from our program alumni 

Read more about what our MPA alumni are saying about the Rutgers–Camden MPA program.


For more information, please contact the MPA DirectorDr. Michael S. Hayes,