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Master of Public Administration

The UMass Lowell Master of Public Administration (MPA) will provide an arsenal of skills and knowledge that will promote professional success.

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The UMass Lowell MPA is designed for those who are entering careers in the public or non-profit sectors or mid-career professionals who seek a policy-relevant approach to leadership and management.

Master's Requirements

Students are required to complete 39 credit hours of course-work including:
  • six required core courses for 15 credits;
  • two courses from the flexible core for 6 credits; and
  • six courses within the student’s option area (justice administration, public humanities and arts, or human service management) for 18 credits 
For a full explanation of the required courses, please visit the Academic Catalog.


Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their undergraduate record, prior study in public administration or other related fields, relevant work experience, GRE or TOEFL, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and a written personal statement. Candidates must meet all of the application requirements outlined on the UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions Office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. GREs may be waived for UMass Lowell alumni who graduated in the past five years with a 3.0 GPA or higher and are interested in applying to the MPA program.

Justice Administration

Justice administration option will prepare students for careers in court administration, correctional systems (both community and institutional), law enforcement agencies, community-based agencies serving justice-involved populations, and policy research organizations focused on justice-related issues.  

Human Services Management

Human Services Management option will prepare students to assume managerial roles in public and nonprofit organizations that are focused on addressing the social, health, and mental health needs of a range of populations, with a particular focus on immigrant communities, the elderly, and the underserved.

Public Humanities & the Arts

Public Humanities and the Arts option will prepare students for management careers within cultural institutions, including those related to visual arts, theater, music, museums, and historic preservation.

Why Study Public Administration at UMass Lowell?

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Be Ready

The MPA converges with the “Work Ready, Life Ready, World Ready” orientation of UMass Lowell’s educational mission, as well as the university’s mission of service to the Commonwealth and its communities.


Responding to market Demand

The MPA program responds to market demands for skilled professionals prepared to meet the challenges of managing public and non-profit agencies in the region and beyond.
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BA to MA Option Available

The MPA responds directly to the career and professional development needs of UMass Lowell’s existing undergraduate students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.