The Master 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 Pubic Policy and Administration within the Graduate School at Rutgers-Camden.

How long will it take to complete the MPA Degree?

The MPA program is a professional 42 credit, two-year+ graduate degree.The program curriculum is anticipated to be 4-6 semesters of course work for full time students. 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

All students complete a set of seven “Core of Common Knowledge” courses that lay a foundation for professional work in public service. Students then specialize in one of four areas of specialization:

Each specialization is built around a set of required courses and electives.

Internship

All students in the MPA program complete a graduate Internship or in the case of working professionals, an elective course, and write a capstone research paper to demonstrate the application of core course knowledge and analysis to 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. The MPA classes are offered on-campus in the afternoon and evenings.

Tuition and fees for the MPA and Executive MPA Programs are set by the Rutgers Board annually. Current (2017-18) academic year tuition and fees can be found here.

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 National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Where Our Students Work

Here at Rutgers-Camden we have a diverse student body with varied career goals. This table shows the wide range of potential careers, and the extent of our alumni network.

Partial List of Employers of Rutgers-Camden MPA Graduates

Government/Public Orgs in New Jersey/PA

Nonprofit / Private Sector

Government Orgs / National and International

• Barrington Police Dept.

• Pemberton Township

• Superior Court of New Jersey

• NJ Department of Children and Families

• NJ Department of Labor • Glouster County Workforce Investment Board

• County of Burlington

• Mercer Co. Office for the Disabled

• Camden Co. Board of Social Services • Camden County Community College

• Thomas Jefferson University

• James Madison University

• Rutgers University

• Walter Rand Institute

• Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

• University of PA School of Medicine

• Holy Trinity Regional School

• Salem City School District

• Camden City School District

• State of New Jersey

• NJ Air National Guard

• Office of New Jersey Assembly – Majority Leader

• Office of Attorney General

• American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

• American Board of Anesthesiology

• United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ

• Mathematica Policy Research

• Volunteers of America

• Partner of the Americas

• United Way of Southeastern Pa.

• Peace Corps

• Center for Family Services

• Africa Region at The Nature Conservancy

• Volunteers of America

• Medical Students for Choices

• The Advising Board Co

• Penn Medicine

• Legacy Treatment Services

• Chemonics International

• TD Bank

• Verizon

• Missions Solutions Engineering, LLC

 

• US Department of Transportation

• USDA

• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

• US Air Force

• U.S. Attorney’s Office

• Government Services Administration

• US Department of Education, Civil Rights

• US Marshall Service

• US Department of Labor

• Peace Corps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Outcomes

Number Of Graduates employed, by professional sector, within six months of MPA degree completion:

Professional Employment

Graduation Year
2015-16

Graduation Year
2014-15

National Government: USA

8%

9%

State or Regional Government

8%

18%

City, County, Other Local Government

24%

12%

Non-US Government

0

0

Nonprofit Domestic

16%

33%

Nonprofit International focus

12%

6%

Private research/consulting

8%

6%

Private non research/consulting

8%

3%

Military Service

0

6%

Unemployed

4%

0

Status Unknown

12%

6%

Total

25

33

 

 

The table below reflect the percentage of total students completing the program in five semesters (full-time) and in increments of an additional two semesters (e.g. 150% = 6-7 semesters). The majority of our students work and attend school part-time, leading to longer completion rates. The standard Program Length (PL) is based on a full-time student completing the program in five semesters.

Graduation Rates for Masters in Public Administration 2009-2013

Academic Year

Students Entering

100% of PL

150% of PL

200% of PL

Completed after 200%

Still Active

2009-10 75 40% 65% 65% 69%

5%

2010-11

54

48%

80%

81%

82%

0%

2011-12

53

42%

55%*

0

NA*

9%

2012-13*

38

42%

61%*

0*

NA*

13%

2013-14*

37

41%

NA*

NA*

NA*

54%

2014-15*

55

16%*

NA*

NA*

NA*

84%

*Not yet final.