About the Program

Full-time students can complete the online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in as few as two years and part-time students typically complete the program in three to four years.

Yes, some MPA students choose to complete the degree part-time while maintaining a full-time work schedule.

Pace University is committed to providing the same quality experience for all Pace students studying online and onsite. MPA students have access to services including:

No. Distance learners in the MPA program are not required to visit the campus, but are always welcome to enroll in a few in-person classes. The MPA program is offered both online and in-person.

Pace University has been offering online programs to our students since 1999.


MPA students are required to maintain a minimum average GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program, progress to Capstone, and graduate from the program.

Courses in the MPA program are primarily asynchronous classes. There are a few classes that combine virtual asynchronous and synchronous elements, meaning that students can complete the class work at their own pace but they have the optional possibility of interacting with their instructor and peers in real time. Currently, most classes are taught in an asynchronous format.

Students are always welcome to visit the campus, and they can take a limited number of courses in person.

It is recommended that students devote four hours of time for each credit with the expectation that students allocate 15-20 hours per week. This includes individual learning and group collaboration time.

Students can expect to hear back from faculty within 48 hours, unless a faculty member has indicated otherwise. Most faculty aim for a 24-hour response time during non-holiday weekdays.


International students who hold a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent are welcome to apply to the program.

International applicants, especially those who hold a three-year degree, should carefully review the International Admission page.

The Pace Office of Graduate Admission informs applicants of the committee’s decision—denied or accepted—within 1-2 weeks of completed application submission. Accepted students receive their letter of acceptance from Pace via email.

A maximum of six graduate level credits will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Federal loans may be available for graduate students enrolled in the MPA program. In support of US veterans, Pace University is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant.

For more details and contact information, please visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Please visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page for more information about financial aid for the MPA program.

Questions related to veteran affairs can be directed to Peter Riley at priley@pace.edu or (212) 346-1115.

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