Master of Public Administration

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Gain the skills to take the lead at government and nonprofit organizations and lay the groundwork for a rewarding career serving your local and global community.

Whether you hope to serve your local community or you want to advance a cause you feel passionate about, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Clark’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) provides the leadership and analytical skills to help you succeed. Through the program, you’ll learn to manage operational issues, understand and make policy, communicate effectively, and navigate organizational challenges and politically sensitive concerns.

Why Study at Clark?

  • Build competencies in leadership, policy development and analysis, nonprofit management, educational leadership, and health care administration.
  • Benefit from a highly individualized curriculum with evening and online classes to fit your busy schedule.
  • Take advantage of affordable tuition.
  • Gain hands-on experience in public policy and regulatory matters, nonprofit management, educational leadership, and health care administration.

Student Spotlight

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.
—Chris Rutigliano

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 classroom. If you are a student with three or more years in a professional position, you can receive Professional Experience Credit.*

Up to two course waivers may be possible, enabling you to complete your degree more quickly and cost effectively.

*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
  • 5 electives
  • Capstone project

Course Catalog

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