Master of Public Administration

Message from the Director MPA at a Glance Program Faculty Curriculum


The Master of Public Administration is the management and leadership degree for those seeking to serve the public good. The program equips its students with skills in policy analysis, program evaluation, research methods, and written and verbal communications. Students also develop competencies in budgeting and human resources, organizational management and leadership, and the interplay between ethics and accountability in a diverse society. Throughout the degree program, students gain career-oriented experience through internships, small group projects, and other interactions with professionals in the field. These experiences are designed to enable the Northeastern MPA graduate to move into a wide array of public and nonprofit sector positions at the local, state, national, and international levels.


Northeastern's MPA program creates impact through its inspiring, interdisciplinary faculty and global network.


Mission Statement

The mission of the MPA Program at Northeastern University is to serve the needs of the public affairs community, including students, working professionals, faculty, and researchers, by providing a practice-oriented and research-based graduate educational experience. The faculty pledges the best instruction available in a set of courses designed to integrate theoretical foundations with practical skills. The MPA Program will prepare students to be effective in a dynamic and increasingly diverse professional environment. We also commit ourselves to assisting students in every possible way to secure internships, post-graduate employment, and overall career advancement. Students, in turn, are expected to meet high levels of academic excellence combined with ethical and professional integrity. Committed to the ideals of public service and advancing the public interest, we seek students who share the same enthusiasm.




Values of the MPA Program

In support of the mission of the MPA Program at Northeastern University, the Faculty Nucleus articulates the following four values that we believe embody the multiple aspects of the program’s mission. We seek to have a program that:

  • Advocates on behalf of the public interest to promote the public good and equity in a democratic society;
  • Instills a strong sense of professional integrity;
  • Develops an appreciation for diversity and inclusion in the professional environment and with the citizenry; and
  • Values an approach to program design and management that is equally informed by a concern for effectiveness, efficient use of professional skills, and the application of ethical principles and practices.