Student Activities and Resources
The Pace MPA Program has been offering a successful intensive two-week program in Oxford, England, where students visit Oxford University, attend appropriate lectures and visit designated agencies to compare and contrast our approach to running public agencies with theirs. For the past ten years hundreds of our students have taken this course and benefited from this unique program. We also work with the Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in their Business in the Global Environment Course in arranging a joint travel course to Dubai and Turkey. Considering the importance of that region and its impact on the global environment, this ten-day course has given students a unique opportunity to see the world in a more structured and professional way.
Master of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA)
Public administration is an integrative, collaborative field that brings together multiple disciplines to meet public needs through a complex array of public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations. Consequently, those individuals who select to move into this dynamic environment must develop advanced knowledge and skills that will enable them to facilitate meaningful relationships. These relationships will help maximize tools of government to achieve public policies.
Through organized social and community service events, the MPASA seeks to help students in the government, health care, and nonprofit specializations forge meaningful and long-term relationships with professionals already practicing in those fields. These relationships will forge a community of engaged young professionals through a new network at the White Plains Graduate Center that uses technology and social media along with face-to-face social events to facilitate this sense of modern community.
The MPASA creates new opportunities for students to strengthen their leadership, enhance their current professional networks, build civic engagement, and create community with each other, faculty, staff, and senior public managers and officials. The MPASA provides career-related information, tools, and events in the NYC, Westchester and surrounding areas for students, recent graduates, and new and mid-career professionals. Members have a “Common Hour” meeting every month; which serves as an informal gathering place. This “Common Hour” provides opportunities to discuss many of the activities available to members, to share scholastic and professional issues, as well as to share industry news and concerns.
The Association actively recruits members, works to increase its visibility, and to develop strategic partnerships with Pace University Alumni, other Pace organizations, schools and students. The Master of Public Administration Student Association promotes civic engagement and responsibility along with character development among graduates, faculty, staff, and public administrators through joint community service experiences and by engaging in thoughtful discourse with public affairs professionals from a variety of disciplines, and especially members of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
For more information, please contact:
Hillary Knepper, PhD
Faculty Advisor, Master of Public Administration Student Association
Phone: (914) 422-4462
National Honor Society
Pace University’s MPA Program is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society formed to recognize and promote excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration.