Program Quick Facts

At a Glance

  • Graduate in two years, part-time
  • 100% online
  • Three starts per year
  • Government Management track (online, NYC)
  • Healthcare Management & Nonprofit Management track (NYC only)

Tuition Summary

  • Credits Required: 42
  • Cost Per Credit: $900
  • Total Tuition Cost: $37,800

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  • Next Start Date: January 24, 2022
  • Application Deadline: January 10, 2022

Program Mission

The mission of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program is to prepare pre-service and in-service students in the New York City metropolitan area, the state of New York, the U.S. and internationally to become value-driven public service leaders, managers and analysts by offering our graduates the knowledge of roles, values, skills, and practices that will help them become competent global leaders and professionals capable of effective, ethical, innovative, and creative leadership in the public service, in government, heath care and nonprofit organizations. Our MPA program draws on and values the diversity of our students, faculty, alumni and community, which contributes to the advancement of practice and scholarship in public administration, affairs and policy. The mission is realized through the pursuit of five goals:

  1. 1. Graduate competent professionals, leaders and analysts with effective, ethical, innovative and creative management and leadership skills in public service;
  2. 2. Demonstrate a research-based and community-based impact through generation, application and dissemination of knowledge that articulates, incorporates and balances economic public service values (e.g. efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, professionalism) with democratic ones (e.g. equity, fairness, transparency, responsiveness) to guide the actions of successful public administrators;
  3. 3. Emphasize the importance of practical experience through a) the use of analytical, managerial and research-based learning, b) opportunities for students to work with faculty on research both inside and outside the classroom, c) fostering the need for work experience in the application of public administration knowledge through Capstone projects and Internship experiences;
  4. 4. Nurture a sense of service to the community and the profession by a) partnering with key organizations and specialized research institutes, b) engaging with a wide, diverse and connected alumni network, and c) collaborating with world-class universities in the United States and abroad;
  5. 5. Promote a diverse and inclusive learning environment by aligning the MPA program with Pace University’s motto of Opportunitas by providing access to quality education for all students, including those from all backgrounds (ethnic/race, gender, country of origin, economic, cultural) and first generation college students.

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The Pace MPA program fits perfectly into a full-time employee’s work day. The times of the classes, workload, and content are well balanced to maximize my education while respecting my full-time employment.

Marissa Mezzancello, MPA
Clinical Research Manager
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

An Online MPA Program That Helps Individuals Help Communities

The 100% online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program from Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences prepares working professionals and aspiring administrators to lead in public service. Our students gain the skills to qualify for multi-faceted positions that utilize complex administrative, policy, and organizational processes. Our coursework effectively prepares students to apply what they learn in the classroom to their current and future work environments.

Our dedicated and experienced faculty will aid students in capitalizing on their own unique strengths so they can graduate confident in their ability to lead and manage in public governance. Students will sharpen critical thinking and data analysis experience, build on oral and written communication skills, master the art of compromise, and gain experience applying real-world solutions and theoretical concepts to community-based problems.

Students will become experts at articulating and applying the public service values and perspectives needed to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and ever-changing workforce and constituency. Additionally, they will learn to identify, interpret, and translate data and research that is pertinent to helping individuals and communities, and influencing systemic change at the local, state, and federal levels.

Expand your global perspective with our short-term study abroad course to Oxford, England taught as PAA 644 Seminar in Government Management.

Please note, the PAA 644 Seminar in Government Management will not be offered in 2021. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation for future terms.

Admission Requirements

Candidates are required to hold a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required, but students with a lower GPA can apply and be interviewed or asked to submit GRE scores and be provisionally admitted.

Admission Materials

  • Completed online application
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)
  • Personal statement
  • Official college/university transcripts from all previously attended institutions

GRE and GMAT scores are not required.

“The government employs over 22 million people at the federal, state, and local levels.”



Track 1: Government Management Track (Fully online, NYC)

The Government track is ideal for pre-service and in-service professionals interested in pursuing a public service career in the local, state and federal government. This track is also suitable for individuals who are interested in pursuing political careers. Our Government Management track graduates are employed as municipal and assistant municipal managers, chiefs of staff, school district business leaders, elected officials, budget analysists and directors as well as executive and program directors and coordinators in various public sector agencies.

Track 2: Healthcare Management Track (NYC)

The Healthcare Management track is ideal for individuals occupying administrative positions in the health care industry, who are interested in advancing into leadership positions in organizations that provide public health services as well as in regulatory agencies in the healthcare field. Our Healthcare Management track graduates are employed with state and local health agencies, and non-profit/for-profit healthcare organizations such as hospitals in the NYC-metro area including NYC-metro area Presbyterian, Mt. Sinai, Lenox Hill, Montefiore etc.

Track 3: Nonprofit Management Track (NYC)

The Nonprofit Management track is geared toward public managers in the nonprofit sector with previous management experience or with advanced professional degrees. Students pursuing this MPA track can focus on three areas: managerial skills enhancement (for those in or preparing for a career as a manager or administrator of a non-profit organization); leadership development (designed for those interested in planning for and implementing social change); and social entrepreneurship (ideal for those in the private sector who have a particular interest in the social impact of for-profit business activities). Our Nonprofit Management track graduates are employed with varied sized-organizations in the areas of education, parks and recreation, community services, healthcare, immigration etc.

Who Can Benefit

  • Current and aspiring public management professionals
  • Career changers
  • Community/organization leaders
  • Government interns
  • Government employees
  • Private sector employees who work closely with the public sector
  • Recent college graduates

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, online MPA students will be able to:

  • Lead and manage in public governance by demonstrating clear and concise oral and written communication skills.
  • Participate in and contribute to the legislative, administrative, and organizational policy processes with community-based solutions.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and solve problems by applying theoretical concepts into practice.
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective using public service values to justify a research problem, methodology, or recommendation.
  • Apply diverse perspectives when addressing a problem in a changing workforce and citizenry.

Career Opportunities for Online MPA Graduates

MPA graduates find a wide range of opportunities within federal, state, and local governments as well as advocacy and community organizations. Below are a few examples of job titles that are relevant to MPA graduates.

  • Assistant City Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Budget Director
  • Business Manager, School Districts
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief of Staff
  • City Manager
  • City Planner
  • Commissioner of Finance
  • Communication Strategist