With two 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 that come from their classmates, faculty, and alumni in Boston and Arlington.

The Boston Campus

Northeastern has been a vital part of Boston for more than a century. This long-standing relationship has led to us establishing 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, perspectives, 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

Located in the heart of the U.S. National Capital Region, the Arlington campus provides a direct line to government, nonprofit, and NGO organizations doing world-changing work.

NU has fostered 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 the guidance and networking opportunities they need to start opening 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. Students in the Master of Public Administration will be able to take classes at Arlington starting with 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. The courses reflect the same high quality and engaging content of the on-campus courses matched 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 or Arlington.

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 whether to complete your coursework entirely online or whether you will take classes on campus — or a combination of all the above. Students can switch as frequently as each semester.

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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You can also email publicaffairs@northeastern.edu or call us toll-free at +1 877.377.2739 or at +1 617.655.6736 to talk with one of our admissions counselors.

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