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MPA Project Information

MPA Guidelines


MPA Guidelines  (please download)

Required format for the MPA Project.  Introduced in PAD 680 (formerly 689) and the format used for the research proposal produced in PAD 681 (formerly 699).

Poster Printing & Oral Defense

MPA Defense is accompanied by poster.  The Political Science Department pays for the poster printing for the defense. (Student pays for PAD 681 project proposal - poster session.)  See MPA Guidelines for details requiring poster formatting and the oral defense.  Student use their PAD 681 (formerly 699) posters as their starting template.

Here is the link for poster printing.  

To order a poster to be printed: Click button "Poster Request form for Faculty and Staff."  Select Political Science as department to be billed.

Select standard conference poster size - 30 x 40.  Just the poster, no mounting.  (Same system as for PAD 681.)

Web-administered surveys

Through Buffalo State's site license for Qualtrics: 

Log in with your Buffalo State credentials.  

Students can develop a survey, but publishing the survey requires a faculty/staff network ID or permission from Dr. Laurie Buonanno (PAD research coordinator).  

Qualtrics training available online at: 

Learn Qualtrics in 5 steps (free)

Webinars (free)

IRB Compliance

All Buffalo State MPA Projects must be cleared by the campus IRB.  Visit the IRB link on the public administration pages for Buffalo State's forms, etc. (IRB compliance is covered in PAD 680 and PAD 681.)

MPA Project List

A complete list of MPA projects can be viewed on our community engagement webpage.  Some MPA projects have been uploaded to Buffalo State's Digital Commons.


Rutgers/ASPA Public Administration Gateway

The Public Administration Gateway, an initiative of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), is a comprehensive and accessible portal to the core resources in the field. Many of those resources can be accessed at no charge.

Through the PAGateway, users are able to access hundreds of up-to-date statistical datasets covering a dozen core topics in public administration and public policy areas. In addition, the PAGateway provides links to extensive collections of library resources, research portals, archives, historical documents, journals, books, etc.


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