It has long been recognized that public and nonprofit managers need specialized training in public administration. This is particularly true in Western New York—where the State of New York is the region's largest single employer and where a sizable voluntary and nonprofit sector exists.
With four full-time faculty devoted exclusively to teaching public administration and nonprofit management, MPA students can be assured that Buffalo State's MPA is a generously staffed graduate program with faculty on site during daytime and evening hours available to work with our students. Over 50% of our MPA classes are taught by full-time faculty. In addition, our adjunct professors are experienced practitioners who teach courses in their specialization, all of whom have earned at a minimum a Master's degree, and several with the PhD.
SUNY Buffalo State's MPA Program is a Member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). NASPAA is the global standard in public service education. It is the membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. Its nearly 300 members - located across the U.S. and in 14 countries around the globe - award MPA, MPP, MPAff, and similar degrees.
Despite being a relatively new MPA program (approved by SUNY and the NYS Education Department in June 2011), U.S. News and World Report ranked SUNY Buffalo State in the top 50% (tied with several programs for #135) of the 282 graduate programs in public affairs offered at US college and universities for 2018-2019.
Our MPA offers three specialized tracks - public administration, nonprofit management, and international public management.
The MPA program includes a capstone experience featuring one-on-one mentoring with a project adviser. For students who contemplate earning the MPA in three semesters, we offer a 17-month Cohort MPA.
Buffalo State undergraduates can begin taking MPA classes in their senior year by applying to and gaining admission to our 4 + 1 program.
Internships are available in both the public and nonprofit sectors for pre-service students (students coming to the program directly from undergraduate studies).
Class sizes are small, averaging ten students.
With its emphasis on research, statistics, human resource management, strategic planning, and administrative processes, the MPA prepares students for management positions in all sectors. Our MPA alumni work in federal, state, and local government; nonprofit agencies; consulting firms; private foundations; and, in the business sector.
SUNY Buffalo State's Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (MPA) program provides an advanced course of study concentrating on the conceptual, technical, and professional education skills required for administrative and leadership positions.
Special emphasis is placed on the research and data analysis tools needed for modern management in the public and nonprofit sectors. Skills are demonstrated in the capstone project.
The core program combines the theory and practice of public administration, public finance, management, quantitative and qualitative research, and a thorough grounding in intergovernmental relations.
The Public Administration Track, with courses in administrative law, comparative public administration, public policy, and other topical courses, is designed to prepare students for careers in public service.
The Nonprofit Administration Track prepares students to effectively plan, develop, manage, evaluate, and lead nonprofit programs.
The International Public Management Track prepares students for work in international organizations, international nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies.
Scheduling is flexible to meet the needs of working professionals.
In PAD 690, Master's Project, students meet with their MPA project advisor on an individual basis or with their group and advisor (in the case of group MPA projects).
Students may not, however, take more than 18 credit hours (over 1/2) of their 36 credits online in accordance with SUNY requirements. (Our MPA is not certified as an online program.)
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