Merrimack College

School of Liberal Arts

Master of Public Affairs


315 Turnpike Street

Mailstop O-15

North Andover, MA 01845

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Affairs

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program is an innovative and interdisciplinary program that prepares students for dynamic and interesting careers as leaders in the world of public affairs and public policy.

The MPA program trains the next generation of public affairs workers and policy leaders to understand, evaluate, and tackle increasingly complex public issues in a globalized world. The curriculum is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to address important problems in society and to excel in the areas of ethical leadership, collaborative governance, public policy strategy, economic analysis, and more.

Students interested in pursuing the MPA, the accepted professional credential for public service professionals, are interested in being civically engaged members of the community and society, and seek an active role in promoting positive change in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Sampling of courses includes:

Public Financial Management
Intercultural Communication
Foundations in Public Affairs
Government, Business & Society
Public Sector Economics
Science and Energy Policy
Comparative Public Affairs
Organizational Communication
Biomedical Ethics
Immigration Policy
Public Administration
The Public Executive
Career opportunities with the Master of Public Affairs
Graduates of the Master of Public Affairs will become leaders and managers in a variety of careers in national, regional, and local organizations within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Master in Public Affairs program prepares students to work as public affairs analysts, policy makers, leading administrators, researchers, consultants and public health professionals. They may also enter careers in criminal justice, education, and health care.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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