Worcester, MA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $33,000
average amount to complete degree
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


MPA Degree Program Designed to Accommodate Working Professionals

The Clark University Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed to strengthen and advance the managerial and analytical skills of mid-career executives in both public organizations and nonprofit institutions.  This widely accepted professional credential is also ideal for students who have a commitment to public service and are seeking a career in a non-profit organization or a position with federal, state, or local government. The goal of this graduate level, professional program is to develop administrators who can effectively address the varied managerial, economic and political aspects of public issues and programs. The program also assists professionals from other fields who wish to make the transition to the administration of government, nonprofit, or other public institutions.

The 48-credit degree provides skills required for leadership roles in a wide range of public service and nonprofit careers. A Clark 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. Students gain knowledge and can implement policies, projects, and programs within government and non-profit organizations. A graduate of this program will be able to address public and social needs in effective and imaginative ways so they may lead a career of consequence for their constituents.

MPA Curriculum

The MPA curriculum is aligned with the NASPAA global standards for public service education. As part of their core requirements, MPA graduate students will develop competencies by:

  • Understanding Organizational Systems
  • Applying ethics in the workplace
  • Seeing the value of Applied Research
  • Developing the capacity to understand the importance of Workplace Dynamics, Communication, and Career Management
  • Building a solid foundation in the Theoretical Grounding of their chosen field of study

MPA graduate students will also have the option of choosing specific areas of concentrations:

  • Non Profit Leadership
  • Public Administration Leadership
  • Educational Leadership
  • HealthCare Administration

Each concentration consists of 4 electives within the concentration cluster.  All cluster courses are conducted by Professors of Practice – thought leaders in their area of expertise.

Available in Accelerated BA/Master's Degree Format

The MPA degree program participates as one of the Clark University 5th-Year-accelerated BA/Master's degree programs. Under this arrangement, qualified undergrads can earn both bachelor's and master's degrees with the fifth year tuition-free.

Also Offered in Poland and Russia

The Master of Public Administration degree program is also offered on the Clark University branch campuses in Poland and Russia. The program focuses on the current health care system, and its methods of management. Special emphasis will focus on effective fiscal administration and human resource development, policy advocacy, and new ways of thinking about public sector organizations.

Related Research Institute

Clark University is home to the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise which leverages use-inspired research to improve the effectiveness of public policies and programs of government and other institutions that address social concerns. The institute focuses on important social issues, such as education reform, environmental sustainability, access to healthcare, human development, well-being, and global change.

Nationally Recognized Liberal Arts and Research-focused University

A small liberal arts and research-focused university, Clark University has consistently been recognized in national rankings such as "U.S. News Best Colleges" including the Top 30 Great Schools, Great Prices, and Top 75 Best National Universities. "Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine" has ranked Clark University among the Top 10 New England's Best Values in Private Universities and Top 50 Best Values in Private Colleges; "Forbes" has placed Clark among America's Top Colleges both in the Top 40 in Research Universities and the Best in Private Colleges categories; and "The Princeton Review" has ranked Clark among the Best Colleges in the Northeast and the Top Rated Green College.

Clark, located in Worcester, MA, is home to about 1100 graduate students who enjoy a student faculty member ratio of just 10:1.

Small, Livable Urban Center

Worcester, with a population of approximately 175,000, is the second largest city in New England. It is situated in central Massachusetts, about an hour from Boston and three hours from New York City. It has recently been recognized as one of the 10 most livable cities in the U.S. by "Forbes" magazine and was also recognized by "Business Week" as a top city to live in for people ages 20 to 29.

Location & Contact

Program in Public Administration

School of Professional Studies
Clark University

950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
United States

Mary Piecewicz

Assistant Dean

Phone: 508-793-7212
Email: mpiecewicz@clarku.edu

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Public Administration Certificate
      Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 21
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis optional
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


59% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 107
    • Accepted 64
    • Acceptance Rate 59
    • Enrolled 41
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees2 references, resume or curriculum vitae, personal statement
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 575 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$33,000
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students55
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students55
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Full-time Percentage64%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino13%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian58%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown or International Student20%



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