Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public Affairs and Administration (PAA)
The MPA at MCNY is committed to a standard of excellence in teaching in an urban environment that is manifested in the ability of students to critically integrate theory with their experiences in the field. Because our students represent the diversity and dynamic culture of the City of New York, teaching and learning must be geared towards ensuring that students are presently capable of contributing in a constructive way to the political, economic and social development of the communities in which they live and work and ultimately to the greater enhancement of the city as a whole.
About this Programme
This unique, three-semester-long MPA can be completed in just one year. The program of study and practice has been designed specifically for working professionals with some related experience in a public agency, not-for-profit or profit-making setting, and provides the student with the skills necessary to enhance the organisation's efficiency through applied learning. Each semester is 15 weeks long and concentrates on an area essential to building leadership careers in public service. A dynamic faculty combined with field experience in New York City makes Metropolitan College of New York an ideal institution in which to embark on your career in public service.
This accelerated program integrates the College's Purpose-Centered System of Education, which provides students with the opportunity to use the knowledge they gain in their studies to take positive action in the organisation where they are employed. Students earn credit for these hours, thereby making it possible to work part-time or full-time while attending classes full-time.
Within the semester, classes are divided into seminars called Dimensions of Learning, Action, and Assessment. They are Purpose, Values and Ethics, Self and Others, Systems, and Skills. These represent the five dimensions of holistic, empowering performance. Students explore the theoretical background behind each seminar, which will help them master the Purpose for that semester. As a whole, the seminars are designed to help the students:
- Integrate theoretical material from the other four dimension classes.
- Plan and carry out an effective innovation or pilot program at the work site.
- Document their action and achievement in writing.
- Assess the results and perform strategic planning for the future.
The three Purposes of the MPA are inter-related and lead to the completion of a Constructive Action (typically a thesis in more theoretical programs). An extensive research component is integrated into each semester's requirements. Graduate students are awarded the MPA upon the successful completion of 45 credits (15 credits per semester) and a grade point average of a 3.0.
Last updated January 31, 2018