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Increase your power as a change agent with the strategic tools and knowledge to build a better world.

Whether your goal is to bring positive change to your local community or to advance a cause you feel passionate about, our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program provides the essential leadership and analytical skills you’ll need to realize your vision. The graduate degree in public administration is specifically designed for professionals who want to boost their influence and effectiveness to drive change in the public sector and nonprofit arenas.

Through rigorous learning and real-world experiences, you will develop the skill to manage operational issues, craft policy positions, communicate your vision, navigate organizational challenges, and mediate politically sensitive situations. Our flexible program with evening and online courses makes it possible for professionals with demanding careers and busy personal lives to pursue their educational goals.

Why a Master of Public Administration at Clark University

  • Build key competencies in leadership, policy development and analysis, nonprofit management, educational leadership, and healthcare administration.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the core areas of public administration and nonprofit management with authentic, real-world challenges.
  • Pursue your master’s in public administration on your terms—online, on campus, or a hybrid of both—with affordable tuition.

A Master’s Degree is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Chris Rutigliano, a City of Worcester employee, said he would never go back to school, but as a Master of Public Administration student at Clark University he has proven himself wrong. He enjoys working with his classmates and has realized that it is easy for him to engage and do the work — one class at a time.

One of the neat things about going to Clark is, it is a diverse group of people and it was great working with people from different cultures. Because I enjoyed these classes so much, it made it a lot easier for me to get engaged and to do work.

The Essentials

Program Overview

Clark’s Master of Public Administration equips students with a solid academic foundation and training in research methods, public management, public affairs, nonprofit leadership, marketing, and management. You can choose to focus your studies in specialized areas such as nonprofit management, public administration leadership, educational leadership, or health care administration.

Start dates for the MPA program are January, June, or September. Students have the flexibility in determining the sequence of their courses and the pace at which they want to complete their degree. Each course is taught be a professor of practice – a leading expert in his/her field.

We recognize the valuable experience and perspectives that working professionals bring to the class. If you are a student with three or more years in a professional position or hold an industry standard certification, you can apply for the Prior Experiential Credit.*

Up to two course waivers may be possible after admission to a SPS degree program, enabling you to complete your degree more quickly and cost effectively. (An administrative fee is applied if the prior experiential credit is approved.)

*Applies to the Worcester campus location only.

  • Decision-making skills and problem-solving techniques
  • Policy and program formulation, implementation, and evaluation
  • Human resources, Diversity and Labor Relations
  • Conflict management and conflict resolution skills
  • Core concepts including fundraising, grant writing, project management, and finance
  • Leadership
  • Policy Analysis
  • Issues and Cases
  • Change Management
  • Arbitration, Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations


10 course units

  • 5 core courses, including a Capstone project
  • 5 electives

Course Catalog

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