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Online Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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The Online Advantage

The Online Advantage

Learn from anywhere, according to your own schedule

Balance your studies with other life commitments

Enjoy small class sizes and close online interactions with faculty and peers

Complete your study all year round, part-time or full time

Choose from Fall and Spring start points
With You All the Way

With You All the Way

Our trained Enrollment and Executive Coaches will help you through each step of the educational process, from exploring available programs to completing your MPA degree and beyond. Your coaches can help you to:
  • Navigate the admissions process and connect you with campus resources
  • Discover, track and achieve your personal, educational, and career goals
Application Deadline

Application Deadline

The Master of Public Administration has a rolling application deadline, but the sooner you apply, the better.
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • GRE scores (for students with undergraduate GPA below 3.0)
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL scores (for international applicants)
Why an MPA at Rutgers?

Why an MPA at Rutgers?

The MPA from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) gives students a broad understanding of the field and its relevant issues. Students become competent at defining public problems, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, developing and communicating creative solutions, and implementing ethical and practical courses of action.
  • Advance your career in public service and administration or nonprofit management
  • Gain skills in defining public problems and implementing ethical and practical solutions
  • Apply learned theory to actual practice
  • Engage in a cutting-edge curriculum
  • Join an enormous, active alumni network
  • Pay a low tuition, even from out-of-state


The Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) is recognized for its knowledge and competencies in public service and administration, with particular attention to the fields of public and nonprofit performance measurement, management, and improvement. Rutgers SPAA faculty have won many of the major awards in the field, including distinguished research, teaching, service, and publication awards

Accreditation & Rankings:

Out of nearly 300 schools nationwide, in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate School" rankings U.S. News & World Report ranks Rutgers SPAA:

  • Ranked among the Top Public National Universities
  • 7th nationally in Information and Technology Management
  • 11th nationally in City Management and Urban Policy
  • 13th nationally in Public Management/Administration
  • 17th nationally in Nonprofit Management
  • 18th nationally in Public Finance and Budgeting
  • 28th nationally in Public Policy Analysis
  • 34th nationally in Public Affairs
  • Five faculty are members of the Congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA)
  • Ranked 12th in the nation by Value Colleges Top 50 Best Value Online MPA Programs of 2016
The Curriculum The CurriculumThe 42-credit MPA curriculum consists of 33 credits of core curriculum courses and 9 elective credits from a concentration in public and nonprofit performance management.
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