Masters of Public Administration Programs in NYC with School Info

Jan 17, 2019

The New York City area has more than five schools that offer Master of Public Administration degrees. To make an informed education decision, learn about the program options and requirements at three institutions located within 10 miles of downtown NYC.

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NYC Public Administration Schools

New York City students desiring to complete a graduate program in public administration are in luck; several nearby schools offer master's degrees in the field, including the three featured in this article. Compare the institutions in the table of facts and figures, and read an overview of their programs' required coursework. Some details on a few other schools in the area are provided too.

  • A private institution located about 1.5 miles from the city's center, New York University is the largest school on this list and has a reputation for its diverse faculty and top rankings. It offers public administration master's degrees in health policy and non-profit management through the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
  • Columbia University is about five miles from downtown NYC and counts more than 70 full-time faculty within its School of International and Public Affairs. Students in the Master of Public Administration degree program can choose from six concentrations; graduate programs are also available in environmental policy and development practice.
  • Situated just over a mile from central New York City, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a public college that is part of the City University of New York system. It's the smallest school on the list and offers two Master of Public Administration degree programs: one focused on policy and administration and another emphasizing inspection and oversight.

Comparison of Schools

Get a side-by-side comparison of the tuition, acceptance and graduation rates, among other facts, in the table below. The info it provides could help you decide which school best suits your educational aspirations.

New York University Columbia University John Jay College of Criminal Justice
School Type 4-year; private; not-for-profit 4-year; private; not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 51,123* 30,454* 14,834*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Graduate Tuition (2017-2018) $41,352* $44,864* $10,450 in-state; $19,320 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 54%* 59%* 79%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 28%* 7%* 39%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 93% for full time students* 97% for full time students* 78% for full time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began studies in Fall 2011) 84%* 95%* 47%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

New York University

New York University's graduate degrees in public administration focus on teaching students management and leadership skills. As students earn their degrees, they are connected to internships and residencies in New York City. Regardless of the degree focus, all students take five core classes that cover public policy, statistics, microeconomics, public service management and financial management.

Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management

This graduate degree is meant for students who want to learn about health care delivery and how to manage health care services. Students examine the social, cultural and economic issues that come with health care policy and understand the ways to best serve people's health care needs. Within this graduate program, students can specialize in health services management, health policy analysis, health finance and international health. Classes cover health system reform, health care finance, information technology and health economics. In addition, students are encouraged to create a research study or independent project to better study health policy.

Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy

This graduate degree program emphasizes the role of public administrators in reshaping neighborhoods and advocating for social services and human rights. Students can choose from four concentrations that include management, policy, finance and international. Outside of foundation courses that cover nonprofit management and policy, students can take elective courses that focus on education, health, housing and the environment. By the end of their studies, students also have the opportunity to develop a research study or project that involves public service.

Columbia University

Columbia University is a top-rated school that places a strong emphasis on research. The public administration programs are designed to prepare students for leadership opportunities in policy development and management. Along with understanding public administration, students can focus on specific regions of the world to better understand policy and regional needs.

Master of Public Administration

As a whole, the MPA degree program teaches students how to develop policy that ultimately benefits the public. Students who earn this degree are required to choose between six concentrations that include: human rights, economic and political development, international security policy, and energy and environment. Along with a concentration, students can declare a specialization, which includes options like advanced policy and economic analysis; management; international conflict resolution; and technology, media and communications. As students earn their degrees, they take part in a capstone workshop where students work in teams to develop policy and strategies for real life clients.

Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy

Columbia's MPA program in environmental science and policy is designed for professionals in public management and policy. This master's degree program can be completed in three semesters and covers concepts like environmental policy, sustainability management, ethics and policymaking. A policy concentration offers courses in hydrology, climatology, earth systems and urban ecology.

Master of Public Administration in Development Practice

This MPA program focuses on development in areas that include communications, cultural skills and capacity building. Students will complete courses in areas like food systems, environmental sustainability and micro- and macroeconomics. In addition to lecture courses, students can also gain experience through a field placement program offered in the summer or by participating in the professional seminars.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers flexible degree programs for students who want to earn a Master of Public Administration. The school offers online and weekend classes, as well as distance education programs for students who do not live in the New York City area. In an effort to give students real world experience, the college connects students to internships so that students can earn college credit and professional experience.

Master of Public Administration in Policy and Administration

This graduate degree is meant for students who want to serve as managers and analysts in the public sector. Within the degree program, students can specialize in management and operations, human resources management, law and public management, criminal justice policy and administration, emergency management, court administration or urban affairs. Students will learn about research methods within the field and how research can be applied to public administration and policy challenges. In addition, students will take classes that explore organizational theory, economics for public administrators, human resources and policy analysis. There is also a qualifying exam that students must pass to earn their master's degrees.

Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight

This graduate degree allows students to specialize in such areas as forensic accounting, justice policy, inspection and oversight of health services, investigation and operational inspection, and international inspection and oversight. It's common for students to take classes in auditing, human resources, accountability, ethics and integrity. In addition, students develop an understanding of public administration and public policy research trends. Students will also learn about program development and evaluation and how to integrate research into policy creation.

Other Schools

The New York City area has numerous colleges and universities that offer Master of Public Administration degree programs. Pace University is located less than three miles from downtown New York City while CUNY Bernard M Baruch College is about a mile away. Students can also attend CUNY City College, which is about six miles away from downtown New York City.

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