Master of Public Administration in Global Comparative Public Administration


333 South Street, Suite 400

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Administration in Global Comparative Public Administration

Format: Online

Program Description:

Globalization and the increasing complexities of today’s interconnected world challenge the traditional functions and boundaries of government. There is a growing call to rethink the way public administration education is provided to appropriately train future generations of public administrators, analysts, and scholars.

UMass Boston's Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Global Comparative Public Administration (GCPA) educates a new generation of global public administrators. The two-year, 39 credit online-optional program prepares graduates for public service careers and leadership positions in state, national, and international governments and NGOs. This master’s degree has an applied, practitioner orientation consistent with professional public administration programs.

Students will develop:

  • A holistic understanding of public administration theories
  • Public sector ethics and
  • Acquire skills necessary for effective public administration in the globalized world, where communities seek to stay involved and relevant in addressing issues related to social, economic and political inequality.

This unique interdisciplinary program empowers students to:

  • Learn the complex, interdependent network among nation-states and supranational organizations.
  • Develop new and alternative strategies for improving public institutions worldwide.
  • Work to resolve global inequity

RESIDENTS OF ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, MARYLAND, AND MINNESOTA: The University of Massachusetts Boston is currently not accepting students for online study who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, or Minnesota, due to regulations in those states. Please contact your state's Board of Education for details. Click here for information on distance education authorization in other states.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Availability of financial aid varies depending on course status and matriculation. Check with your advisor to determine your eligibility and application procedures.

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