MPA Program Outcomes

MPA Program Graduation Rates, Employment of Graduates & Major Employers Based on Suffolk University Office of Institutional Research and Assessment Survey Data

Four-Year Graduation Rates

Cumulative Number and Cumulative Percentage of Students Graduating within two, three, and four years from Fall Enrollment

Cohort Initially Enrolled Graduated within 2 Years Graduated within 3 Years Graduated within 4 Years
Fall 2014 53 22 (41.5%) 41 (77.3%) 50 (94.3%)
Fall 2013 38 15 (39.5%) 22 (57.9%) 35 (63.2%)
Fall 2012 40 18 (45.0%) 33 (82.5%) 45 (87.5%)
Fall 2011 60 27 (45.0%) 42 (70.0%) 45 (75.0%)

Survey of Employment

Employment of Academic Graduates by Sector 

Sector Spring 2017 Spring 2018 Spring 2019
Government & Public Administration 14 11 15
Health Sciences, Healthcare & other Health Professions 5 1
Higher Education 3 1
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security 0 2
Nonprofit 10 4 16
Other 7 1 2
       
Total Responses 39 20 33
Total Graduates 55 40 60
Survey Response Rate 71% 50% 55%

Employment of MPA Program Graduates

Surveyed Six Months After Graduation

  Academic Year
When did you begin your present position? 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2014-15 2013-14
Prior to or while enrolled at Suffolk 20  51%  18  72%   24  59%  13  46%  21  56%
Upon graduation —       3  7%  7  25%  5  14%
Within 3 months after graduation 13%  12%  5  12%  2  7%  4  11%
Within 6 months after graduation 10  25%  16%  3  7%  2  7%  2  5%
Over 6 months after graduation 7% 
 5  12%  2  7%  4  11%
Unemployed/seeking employment or continuing with further education 5%     1  2%  2  7%  1  3%
                     
Total Responses 39  25 39  28 37
Survey Response Rate 65% 63% 71% 67% 93%

Sampling of Employers of MPA Program Graduates 2014-2019

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • U.S. State Department
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs—General Services Administration
  • Department of Homeland Security

  • Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor
  • Massachusetts Department of Revenue
  • Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts Trial Court
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance
  • Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services
  • State of Rhode Island EOHHS-DCYF Legal Department
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court

  • City of Boston
  • Town of Bedford
  • Town of Belmont
  • Town of Brookline
  • Town of Burlington
  • Town of Foxborough
  • Town of Hopkinton
  • Town of Burlington
  • City of Lowell
  • City of Nashua
  • Town of Norwood
  • Town of Wellesley
  • Town of Weston
  • Watertown Health Department

  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Lowell Housing Authority
  • Revere Housing Authority

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council

  • Boston University
  • Suffolk University
  • Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Brown University

  • Boston Public Schools
  • Cristo Rey Boston High School

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Dana- Farber Cancer Institute
  • IHI Leadership Alliance
  • Partners HealthCare
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Golden Living
  • Harbor Health Services
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • North Suffolk Mental Health Association
  • Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
  • South Boston Community Health Center
  • Tufts Health Plan

  • The Home for Little Wanderers, Inc.
  • Development American Student Assistance
  • Project Bread
  • ABCD Inc.
  • Pine Street Inn
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
  • Justice Resource Institute
  • Bay Cove Human Services
  • South Boston Community Health Center
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Roxbury Youthworks Inc
  • Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Development Fund Dedham Community Association, Inc.
  • DentaQuest Foundation
  • Family Promise of Greater Concord
  • Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP)
  • Military Friends Foundation
  • Northeast Arc Perkins School
  • Pro Bono Partnership Alzheimer's Association
  • Family Promise of Western New York
  • Massachusetts Municipal Association
  • Roxbury Youthworks Inc.