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Challenging proven leaders to become unstoppable forces for change.

You are not one to stand still. Motivation, passion, and a deep commitment to public service define you. It’s time to make a greater impact and tackle bolder challenges. Clark University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) Senior Leadership program offers you an expanded professional network, career advancement, and the skills to maximize your leadership potential. You will connect with other top policymakers in New England, so you can keep paving the road ahead.

Our interconnected public service issues need interconnected experts.  In this truly executive program, your cohort will include highly accomplished professionals working to make a difference in public policy. You will gain new perspectives and form relationships that will allow you to make a big impact. Our online curriculum will keep you engaged and inspired, while you balance the responsibilities of your professional and personal life. You also will participate in two-day weekend workshops around New England, expanding your horizons and exploring relevant public sector challenges firsthand. Our MPA Senior Leadership program will provide you the latest knowledge in the field, empowering you to navigate future challenges with ease.

Why a Master of Public Administration Senior Leadership at Clark University

  • Engage in action-oriented coursework that will teach you the skills to manage operational issues, craft policy positions, communicate your vision, navigate organizational challenges, and mediate politically sensitive situations.
  • Receive your degree from a program ranked among the top 50 Master’s in Public Administration Degree Programs for 2020 by Intelligent.
  • Tap into a collaborative professional network of leaders working to implement innovative and relevant public policy.
  • Gain access to best practices and innovative solutions in online discussions, alongside experienced faculty and a driven cohort of fellow public service leaders.
  • Expand your professional network. Participate in weekend residency workshops across New England (room and board included) and learn from distinguished keynote speakers.
  • Pursue your master’s degree on your terms — online and on-site during select weekend sessions.
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The Right Master’s Degree for the Right Time

Our field of public administration is constantly changing, presenting new challenges as well as opportunities to serve our communities.  Clark’s MPA Senior Leadership program will provide emerging and seasoned public leaders with new tools and skills to meet these challenges and advance in their careers.

Our classes are led by accomplished academic leaders and former public managers who will work collaboratively with you to solve real world problems. It is an exceptional opportunity for career development that is flexible and rewarding.

The Essentials

Program Overview

Clark’s Master of Public Administration Senior Leadership (MPA-SL) equips public sector professionals with expertise in policy and program formulation, implementation, and evaluation, decision-making and problem-solving techniques, human resources, and conflict resolution skills.

The MPA-SL is a cohort-based program that starts in August and takes two years to complete. Students will complete the six low-residency courses (online and in-person) together in a sequential order. Two Capstone units are completed by participants with guidance from their program adviser. Coursework will be completed online, with the exception of onsite two-day sessions held throughout New England. Students are required to attend all onsite sessions.

Program FAQ’s

2019-2021 Course Schedule

2020-2022 Course Schedule

2021-2023 Course Schedule

We recognize the valuable experience and perspectives that working professionals bring to the classroom. The MPA-SL is a cohort-based program consisting of a select group of public sector professionals who learn and interact as a group throughout their course of study.  Accepted students will have three to five years of supervisory/managerial experience in the public sector.

Prior learning credit will be applied for two courses upon completion and approval of Prior Learning Portfolio.  (Prior Learning Assessment portfolios in Leadership and Change Management are completed prior to formal acceptance.  Guidance will be provided for completing the portfolio).

  • Policy and program formulation, implementation, and evaluation
  • Human resources, diversity, and labor relations
  • Decision-making skills and problem-solving techniques
  • Conflict management and conflict resolution skills

Courses in sequential order

  • Policy Analysis
  • Issues and Cases
  • Labor Relations
  • Ethics and Governance
  • Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • Public Budgeting

Residency workshops

  • Opioid Response Best Practices – Worcester, MA
  • Disaster Response – Portland, ME
  • Union Management Relations – Concord, NH
  • Cannabis: New Industry, New Challenges – New Haven, CT
  • Change, Challenges, and Complexities – Providence, RI
  • Public Budgeting – Burlington, VT

The program cost is $35,640. Please see more cost and scholarship information here.


10 course units

  • 2 Prior Learning Assessment courses (approved courses prior to formal acceptance – Project Management and Change Management; apply for as part of the application )
  • 6 courses (online and in-person residency workshops)
  • Capstone project (2 units)

Course Catalog