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Online Master’s Degree in Public Administration & Affairs

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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 & Affairs program move into careers with influence as government relations managers, nonprofit directors, lobbyists, representatives, and many more

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

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Potential Career Paths Include:

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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Data-driven professionals with a master’s degree and advanced skill-sets are in high demand, earning significantly more than those with a bachelor’s degree alone.

Potential Career Paths Include:

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

Program Benefits

  • 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

Program Benefits

  • 100% Online

  • No GMAT Required

  • 12-16 Month Degree Completion Time

  • Competitive Tuition

  • Multiple Program Start Dates

  • Industry Aligned Curriculum

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

To earn your Master’s in Public Administration & Affairs degree, 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.

GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION

Choose three of the following:

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

PUBLIC POLICY CONCENTRATION

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

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

REQUIRED COURSES

ELECTIVES

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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 spiritually — so that you may graduate as a confident, well-prepared citizen of the world.

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  • Money Magazine’s Best Colleges 2020
  • The Princeton Review 2021 Best Northeastern Regional College
  • Apple Inc., Apple Distinguished School

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