Master of Public Administration (MPA)

As a Suffolk MPA student you are always in the action — steps away from the State House and Beacon Hill.

Suffolk’s MPA is a NASPAA-accredited master’s program, making it one of the country’s top-tier degrees in public administration. Your courses take a practical, hands-on approach with case studies, guest speakers, and travel seminars. In this Master of Public Administration program, you can customize your degree with a concentration in information systems, performance management, big data analytics, community health, state and local government, or nonprofit management.

Career options include:

  • Government Policy and Leadership Management
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Public Service Leadership
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Philanthropy and Media
  • Public Safety
  • Human Resource Management

You’ll get real-world experience, as Suffolk is located next to the Massachusetts State House, atop historic Beacon Hill. Suffolk faculty will link the analytical curriculum requirements to in-person public management practice.

MPA Student Outcomes – Multi-Year [PDF]

Paying for Graduate School

Tuition (2019-2020)
Full-time, per semester
Cost Per Credit (2019-2020)
For part-time students
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid Per year 90%
Average Financial Aid Awarded Per year $19,788

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: March 15 (priority), then rolling

Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling

Summer Semester: April 1 (priority), then rolling

Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary education
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Letter of recommendation (Learn more)
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores (Note: Testing requirements vary by program, and some students may qualify for a waiver. Learn more.)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

Advising and Other Resources

Your success matters. Our Graduate Student Services team supports you with advising services and can connect you to a broad range of resources, such as the Career Development Center or the Center for Learning and Academic Success. We also offer you value-added professional development workshops to bolster your experiential education.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

Public Administration Information Request