Public Administration, MPA
The Department of Public Administration at Pace University offers the master's degree in public administration (MPA) with tracks in government, health care, and nonprofit management. The mission of the MPA Program is to prepare our students to become value-driven public service leaders, managers and analysts by offering our graduates the knowledge of roles, values, skills, and practices that will help them become competent global professionals capable of ethical, innovative, and creative leadership in the public service, in government, heath care and nonprofit organizations.
The mission is realized through the pursuit of five goals:
Offer an interdisciplinary and internationally-renowned curriculum featuring the integration of knowledge from political science, economics, statistics, business, sociology, psychology, communication, history, law and philosophy;
Focus on cutting-edge knowledge generation, application and dissemination by articulating, incorporating and balancing traditional public service values (e.g. efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, professionalism) with more recent ones (e.g. equity, fairness, transparency, responsiveness) that guide the actions of successful public administrators;
Emphasize the importance of practical experience through a) the use of analytical, managerial and research-based learning, b) opportunities for students to work with faculty on research both inside and outside the classroom, c) fostering the need for work experience in the application of public administration knowledge through Capstone projects and Internship experiences;
Nurture a sense of service to the community and the profession by a) partnering with key organizations and specialized research institutes, b) engaging with a wide, diverse and connected alumni network, and c) collaborating with world-class universities in the United States and abroad;
Promote an inclusive learning environment by aligning the MPA program with Pace University’s motto of Opportunitas.
Our students can complete their MPA degree with a concentration in one of three tracks.
Track 1: Government Management Track
The Government track is ideal for pre-service and in-service professionals interested in pursuing a public service career in the local, state and federal government. This track is also suitable for individuals who are interested in pursuing political careers. Our Government Management track graduates are employed as municipal and assistant municipal managers, chiefs of staff, school district business leaders, elected officials, budget analysists and directors as well as executive and program directors and coordinators in various public sector agencies.
Track 2: Healthcare Management Track
The Healthcare Management track is ideal for individuals occupying administrative positions in the health care industry, who are interested in advancing into leadership positions in organizations that provide public health services as well as in regulatory agencies in the healthcare field. Our Healthcare Management track graduates are employed with state and local health agencies, and non-profit/for-profit healthcare organizations such as hospitals in the NYC-metro area including NYC-metro area Presbyterian, Mt. Sinai, Lenox Hill, Montefiore etc.
Track 3: Nonprofit Management Track
The Nonprofit Management track is geared toward public managers in the nonprofit sector with previous management experience or with advanced professional degrees. Students pursuing this MPA track can focus on three areas: managerial skills enhancement (for those in or preparing for a career as a manager or administrator of a non-profit organization); leadership development (designed for those interested in planning for and implementing social change); and social entrepreneurship (ideal for those in the private sector who have a particular interest in the social impact of for-profit business activities). Our Nonprofit Management track graduates are employed with varied sized-organizations in the areas of education, parks and recreation, community services, healthcare, immigration etc.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Our MPA students can also obtain a graduate certificate of their choice in the areas of Healthcare Management and Policy or Nonprofit Management by taking 15 credit hours of their MPA requirements from one of these certificate course requirements.
Faculty Experts with Connections
Students in the MPA program benefit from faculty who are experts in their fields, providing advanced professional training relevant to contemporary conditions. Valuable networking and internship opportunities, close mentoring, and career advisement ensure the professional success of our graduates.The MPA program is also associated with three specialized entities to enhance student’s vision and mission in pursuit of their ideals:
- The Center for Health Care Policy, Education and Research enhances our Health Care Management Track by bringing the professional in the field to the course-designs and curriculum development. The Center’s Advisory Board decides on the most needed course material to enable our graduates to be ahead of the market.
- The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management provides local agencies with the state-of-the-art education and research opportunities.
- The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship connects to the needs of not-for-profit organizations. Even though Wilson Center is not a part of the MPA Program, the close association between the two provides an exceptional opportunity for those specialized in nonprofit management to gain hands-on experience.
LEARN THROUGH EXPERIENCE
A carefully planned and supervised Capstone project allows students to apply the principles and concepts learned in the classroom to real-world problems. The increasing demand for government, health care, and nonprofit administrators able to manage effectively in a time of fiscal constraints places Pace graduates in a highly advantageous and competitive position. Alumni of the Pace MPA program serve at various levels of government holding such positions as city and village managers and executives in state agencies. Other graduates hold managerial and senior administrative positions in a variety of health care and not for profit settings.
Please note: courses (except PAA 699) do not require prerequisites as described in the curriculum.
Our alumni have gone on to successful careers as:
- Healthcare managers
- City managers
- Elected government officials
- Budget directors
- Chief executive officers
- Commissioners of finance
- Nonprofit managers
Our alumni are employed at institutions such as:
- New York City Mayor’s Office
- The United Way of Putnam and Westchester County
- Westchester Medical Center
- Montefiore Medical Center
- State of New York
- Memorial Sloan Kettering
- Harlem United