- MPA Program Experience
- Applying to the Program
- Experiential Learning and Career Support
- Campus Information
Below are answers to common questions about Northeastern University and the Master of Public Administration (MPA). We’re available to expand on these answers or respond to any additional questions you may have. Call us toll-free +1 877.377.2739 or +1 617.655.6736 to talk with an admissions counselor directly, or email your question to them at email@example.com.
MPA Program Experience
Yes, you can choose to take all of your courses via the online modality. Online students are also able to participate in a co-op or internship and complete the capstone project.
All online classes are asynchronous, which means you can log in and learn at the times that work best for you. However, you will have weekly deadlines for coursework.
A general difference is that public policy is more involved in the design and impact of policy, while public administration is more concerned with implementing and managing policies.
Here is a comparison of sample MPP courses and sample MPA courses:
For a more detailed explanation, read our article “MPP vs. MPA: What’s the Difference?”
Applying to the Program
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
180 Renaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
The Graduate Office also accepts official electronic transcripts, and they can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If admitted, students must provide an official copy of all degree-bearing transcripts within 30 days after classes start.
Experiential Learning and Career Support
A co-op allows students to experience what it is like to be employed at a public affairs-related organization. Co-ops are full-time work placements that require a commitment of two to eight months. They have a standard work week of at least 32 hours. Students can start their co-op twice a year, in January or in July. By participating in co-op, MPA students add one or two semester hours to their degree total.
An internship allows students to apply the tools they’ve developed in their classes to a practical setting. Internships usually require less of a time commitment than the co-op, though all students must complete at least 300 hours of work. The internship placements are often part-time or may take place over the summer. Students do not earn credit for internships, but they still benefit from the real-world experience.
An internship is required to complete the MPA, while the co-op is optional. However, students can choose to fulfill that requirement by completing a co-op in place of an internship.
For additional information, visit our experiential learning page.
We will help students find the co-op or internship placements that work best for them. This includes placements in Boston and in other regions of the country. We carefully screen all potential organizational partners to ensure that, no matter whether the opportunity is full-time or part-time, our students are getting engaging, hands-on experience.
For co-ops, we have dedicated staff who help students secure a placement. Co-op partners are carefully vetted and must meet a strict list of criteria in terms of commitment to students, onboarding, ongoing training, and payment.
For internships, we maintain an internship board that we regularly update with new openings. Alumni also reach out to us with internship opportunities. Faculty and staff are happy to talk with students about any potential internship placements.
While many working students choose to complete an internship in order to add to their experience and expand their network, students with at least one year of full-time, post-baccalaureate work can submit an internship waiver.
These waivers are approved on a case-by-case basis. Students must fill out a waiver request and submit a current resumé. Please see the Master of Public Administration program internship waiver page for more information or call an admissions counselor at toll-free +1 877.377.2739 or +1 617.655.6736.
- CSSH faculty and staff are deeply invested in their students’ career success. They have long-standing connections with a wide variety of organizations and are happy to introduce students to contacts in their areas of interest.
- Our alumni are here to help as well — many CSSH graduates share job positions at their organizations and are happy to chat with current students.
- The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs hosts a regularly updated jobs board.
- The Northeastern Association for Public Policy Students (NAPPS) hosts an annual two-part career workshop in the spring for graduate students: a career networking event and a first-hand testimonial panel featuring alumni.
- Northeastern’s University Career Center also provides a range of services to graduate students, including resumé writing and interviewing techniques. Their Career Design program provides personalized coaching in five aspects of career design and features interactive career labs on topics such as:
- Leading Your Job Search
- Crafting Your Cover letter
- Revising Your Resumé
- Promoting Your Brand on LinkedIn
- Networking Through LinkedIn
- Interviewing With Confidence
- Negotiating Job Offers and Salaries
- Staying Positive During Your Search
At this time, the Master of Public Administration is only available on the Boston campus and through our online modality.
The Arlington campus will start classes for MPA students in the fall 2024 term.
You can learn more about our campuses on our location page or call an admissions counselor at toll-free +1 877.377.2739 to find out how your MPA goals best align with the three campus options.
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