Executive MPA (EXMPA)

The EXMPA is designed for experienced executives and managers who seek a challenging and accelerated program of study.  It was established in 1984 as one of the nation's original executive programs for public administration professionals.  The program’s alumni are employed in prominent nonprofit organizations and throughout government. 

The coursework focuses on current issues and problems that confront civic leaders. To blend theory with practice, Baruch’s faculty co-teach many courses with expert public and nonprofit practitioners who bring real-world knowledge to the classroom.  Classes are completed in a cohort model that offer students the opportunity to share their academic and professional experiences.  The cohort experience results in connections across organizational sectors and policy areas that are life-long.

Classes meet for 35 Saturdays during each year from September to June. Most courses are offered over a 10-week period, with the remaining classes taught in an intensive 5-week schedule. Each cohort is comprised of approximately 25 students with two cohorts attending simultaneously (one in the first year of the program, one in the second). 

As part of the executive education model, there is a special program fee added to the normal MPA tuition rate.  The fee covers required books, staff support, career seminars, networking events, and breakfast and lunch on class days. Link to Tuition and Fees for more information.

The executive program limits admissions to those with a minimum of 3-5 years professional management experience and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and/or a graduate-level degree in another field.  Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are waived. Link to SPA Admissions for application information.

Course Schedule

Fall (September-January)

  • PAF 9100 Introduction to Public Affairs                                                
  • PAF 9103 Communication in Public Settings
  • PAF 9170 Research and Analysis I
  • PAF 9172 Research and Analysis II                                          

Spring (February-June)

  • PAF 9120 Public and Nonprofit Management I                                     
  • PAF 9139 Communication Strategy                                          
  • PAF 9140 Budgeting and Financial Analysis I

Fall (September-January)

  • PAF 9130 Economic Analysis and Public Policy                                  
  • PAF 9151 Administration of the Nonprofit Sector and Voluntary Agencies
  • PAF 9160 Public and Nonprofit Management II                                    
  • PAF 9180 Policy Analysis                                                          

Spring (February-June)

  • PAF 9163 Leadership and Strategy in Public Affairs
  • PAF 9174 Program Evaluation                                                                  
  • PAF 9190 Capstone Seminar
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