With three physical campuses plus an online modality, Northeastern University offers a dynamic education and experiences that are unparalleled in other public affairs programs.

Each campus provides unique experiential learning opportunities as well as access to local experts. Even if a student never visits a physical campus, they will benefit from the connections with their classmates, faculty, and alumni in Boston, Arlington, and Oakland. Learners at Northeastern University are part of a single learning community that spans all campuses and modalities.

The Boston Campus

Northeastern has been a vital part of Boston for more than a century. This long-standing relationship has led to the establishment of deep connections with hundreds of organizations across the region in both the public and private sectors. Boston is also a hub for innovation with a strong tech industry, a growing biotech sector, and cutting-edge research institutions.

Students living in Boston get to immerse themselves in a vibrant, diverse city with a rich history. Through interactions with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, they will develop a global perspective and a deeper understanding of the different cultures and needs of the communities that their policies will impact and support.

The Boston campus is available to domestic and international students in the Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, and MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice programs.

The Arlington Campus

Strategically positioned in the heart of Arlington County’s dynamic Rosslyn neighborhood, the Arlington, Virginia campus is a hub for employers, working professionals, and learners, offering innovative educational programs, research initiatives, and services.

The Arlington campus prepares graduates for roles in public service and various job sectors, providing unique access to experiential learning opportunities in national government, international NGOs, and organizations based in the National Capital Region.

Northeastern has cultivated close partnerships with leaders in IT and emerging tech, cybersecurity, aerospace and defense, government contracting services, media, charitable and philanthropic organizations, and many more.

Students who want to break into the D.C. ecosystem but may not know where to start will find, through Northeastern’s programs, the guidance and networking opportunities they need to open doors. The campus is easily accessible from downtown Washington, D.C., Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and locations across the U.S. National Capital Region.

The Arlington campus is currently available to domestic and international students in the Master of Public Policy and, starting in the Fall 2024 term, the Master of Public Administration.

The Oakland Campus

As the West Coast hub of Northeastern’s global network, the Oakland, California campus emphasizes local engagement and commits to providing students with a robust public administration foundation. The campus is located at the edge of the Oakland hills and is home to the Mills Institute, continuing the 170-year legacy of Mills College, which merged into Northeastern University in 2022.

The Oakland campus welcomes students to join a supportive and inclusive community that values diverse voices. The campus serves a broad spectrum of individuals dedicated to public service, including students from abroad, first-generation college graduates, and mid-career professionals seeking skills enhancement.

The campus offers small class sizes, rigorous analytical training, and hands-on assignments in collaboration with dynamic San Francisco Bay Area partners, providing students with confidence and a competitive edge. By fostering connections with government and non-profit organizations, students not only gain valuable policy knowledge and skills, but also develop a strong sense of social responsibility that can be used to make a meaningful impact in the world.

The Oakland campus will be available to domestic and international students in the Master of Public Administration starting in the Fall 2024 term.

The Online Modality

Northeastern’s Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration, and MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice can be completed entirely online by domestic students or international students from their home countries. The courses offer the same high quality and engaging content of the on-campus courses coupled with the flexibility of asynchronous lectures.

The online modalities are great options for those who want the benefits of a Northeastern education but are not in a position to make the move to Boston, Arlington, or Oakland.

Online students can also complete their experiential learning, including co-op and internships, without traveling to campus.

On Campus, Online — It’s Your Choice

You get to decide, each semester, whether to complete your coursework entirely online or whether you will take classes on campus — or a combination of the two.

If you’d like help deciding which modality is best for you, or if you have any questions about these options, our admissions counselors are here to help. Call +1 617.655.6736 or +1 877.377.2739 (toll-free), or email publicaffairs@northeastern.edu.


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