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Online Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Affairs

Industry Aligned | Expert Faculty | 100% Online

Influential Leaders


Your Impact Will Last Generations

Online Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Affairs

Industry Aligned
Expert Faculty
100% Online

Influential leaders


Lead with Influence and Build a Better Tomorrow

Merrimack College’s Master’s degree in Public Administration and Affairs provides a flexible and convenient pathway for civic-minded professionals to enter or advance in leadership in public administration, public policy, community service and more.

Designed for working professionals, students benefit from small class sizes, a personal success coach, and program faculty who can help those new to the field with career assistance to gain valuable, real-world experience. Through intensive coursework, graduates will acquire the practical skills to address complex problems and craft innovative solutions for the public good impacting communities of all sizes. Students have the option of concentrating their studies in Governmental Management or Public Policy.

The projects and coursework in this program were specially designed by faculty and industry experts to align around skills and competencies hiring managers are seeking. Graduates from the Master’s in Public Administration and Affairs program move into careers with influence as government relations managers, nonprofit directors, lobbyists, representatives, and many more

  • 100% Online
  • No GMAT Required
  • 12-16 Month Master’s Degree Completion Time
  • Dedicated Success Team
  • Competitive Tuition
  • Multiple Program Start Dates
  • Industry Aligned Curriculum

This degree is eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Contact us for more information.



Political Scientist

$122,510per year

Fundraising Manager

$100,810per year

Facilities Manager

$99,290per year

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2022, Obtained August 2022

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What Courses Will You Take in the Public Administration and Affairs Program?

To earn your Master’s in Public Administration and Affairs, students will complete 4 required foundational courses as well 4 additional electives, for a total of 32 credit hours. Students can also explore the possibility of using their elective credits to complete a concentration in Government Management or Public Policy.


Choose three of the following:

  • Urban Management & Policy
  • Emergency & Disaster Management
  • The Public Executive
  • Government, Business & Society


Public Policy: Theory & Evaluation And two of the following:

  • Immigration Policy
  • Cyber Security & Policy
  • Government, Business & Society

What Our Students Are Saying:

“This program helped me find my passion for local government and I’m thankful I took the jump. I was not really sure what my next step was after undergrad and the Master’s of Public Affairs and Administration led me to where I am now and I’m super thankful.”

MPAA Student

“I felt supported by all staff, and they wanted all of us to succeed and to me, that is important in a graduate-level program. Most students are juggling more things than just school and the supportive environment allows everyone to succeed.”

MPAA Student

“I had a really good experience. It was very tough, I was working full-time, I was a mother, but it was manageable and the instructors were really one of a kind. It was great.”

MPAA Student

“If working with those in need is something that you are passionate about and you want the knowledge, the tools, and the skills to make the world a better place, this is the right degree to get.”

MPAA Student

Discover the Merrimack Difference


At Merrimack College, we’re proud of our long history of providing quality degrees to students entering the job market. Our faculty are more than just teachers. We are committed to helping you grow — academically, personally, and professionally — so that you graduate as a confident, well-prepared leader.

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