College of Professional and Continuing Education

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The Clark University Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program is designed to strengthen and advance the managerial and analytical skills of mid-career executives in both public organizations and nonprofit institutions. The goal of this graduate level, professional program is to develop administrators who can effectively address the varied managerial, economic and political aspects of public issues and programs. The program also assists professionals from other fields who wish to make the transition to the administration of government, nonprofit or other public institutions.

Courses are scheduled for evenings or Saturday mornings to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Some M.P.A. courses are taught as seminars to encourage close working relationships among students and faculty. All seminars seek a blend of relevant theory and practical application, and course work incorporates the practical experience of students with the academic component of the classroom.

Our students

The Clark M.P.A. student typically has a minimum of three to five years of increasingly responsible work experience, with at least one year of managerial, administrative or leadership responsibilities. (A supervised internship is available to students lacking the minimum work experience.) The M.P.A. program attracts professionals from diverse fields, including local and state government administrators; non-profit and human service organization managers; appointed and elected community leaders; long-term care managers; leaders in the criminal justice field; and administrators in elementary, secondary and higher education. While initially designed to accommodate adult working students, with the increased demand for graduate professional degrees today, over half of our current students are attending our graduate programs as full time students. International students attend our professional degree programs from countries around the world.

Areas of concentration

Concentrations listed below are currently available in the M.P.A. program. Courses are offered under these concentrations and subject to sufficient interest and enrollments.

  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Health Systems Administration
  • Professional Communication
  • Managing State and and Local Government
  • Intercultural Leadership
  • Human Services Leadership

Our alumni

Clark M.P.A. graduates have assumed management and leadership roles in a variety of settings, including town/city government, the state legislature, state agencies and legislature, nonprofit organizations, health and human services agencies and educational institutions. These alumni provide invaluable mentoring and networking opportunities to current M.P.A. students.


Accelerated Bachelor/M.P.A. Degree Program

Clark University full-time day school undergraduates may combine their bachelor's degree with an M.P.A. degree at an accelerated pace by beginning the M.P.A. during their senior year and finishing it within a fifth year of study. Qualified students may earn the master's degree tuition free.

M.P.A. Program in Poland and Russia

Clark University offers bilingual M.P.A. programs at branch campuses Poland and Russia that are identical to those offered in the United States in terms of both academic requirements and administrative processes.