naspaaThe Masters in Public Administration at Rutgers-Camden offers classes in the evenings and some afternoons on campus. The MPA degree is designed to prepare students for managerial and other careers in government, the non-profit world and the private sector. The MPA degree is offered by the Department of Public Policy and Administration within the Graduate School at Rutgers-Camden.

Our MPA program offers small classes, expert advising and mentoring and the opportunity to work closely with our distinguished faculty. The MPA classes are offered on-campus in the afternoon and evenings.

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.   

Completing the MPA Degree

The MPA program is a professional 42 credit, two year full time / four year part-time graduate degree.The program curriculum is anticipated to be 4-8 semesters of course work. Part-time and working students make up a significant portion of the student population and average 6-9 semesters for degree completion.

The Executive MPA is an accelerated program completed in two years. The 30 credit curriculum for mid-career professionals admits students with five or more years of public or nonprofit management experience. The Executive MPA program is offered in West Windsor, New Jersey on Saturday mornings.

Three Specializations

Admissions Summer/Fall 2017.

Students complete a set of seven “Core of Common Knowledge” courses that lay a foundation for professional work in public service. Students select one of three options for the MPA specialization with additional required and elective courses:

Public Management and Community Development specializations include requirements for three additional classes; and internship (see waiver policy for experience) and three to four electives or an Elective Policy Focus.

Elective Areas of Policy Focus

  • International Public Service and Development Policy
  • Education Policy

Students admitted prior to Summer 2017 may elect to use the MPA program requirements in place at the year of their admission, or adopt the new requirements.



All students in the MPA program complete a graduate Internship or in the case of working professionals, an elective course. See the link for more information on internship requirements and waivers for internships.  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.