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The MS-MPA program is a cooperative initiative of Hunter College’s School of Nursing and Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. The dual degree prepares professional healthcare providers for leadership and managerial roles in public, nonprofit, and private health organizations. Students develop important research skills and learn best practices in the professional management of complex systems. The curriculum emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to nursing administration, public policy analysis, and service delivery.
Students complete 57 credits as part-time graduate students at Baruch College and Hunter College. There are 27 public administration course credits and 30 nursing credits. Students begin the program at Baruch College by completing 21 core PAF credits for the MPA. While at Baruch, students will take 6 NURS core credits on epermit at Hunter. Students then complete the remaining 24 NURS core and clinical credits at Hunter College. While at Hunter, students will take 6 MPA elective credits on epermit at Baruch College.
Prospective students apply to Hunter College with one application that is reviewed by both Hunter College and Baruch College. The faculty at each school must approve admission to the dual degree program. The application deadline for the Fall Semester is April 1 and for the Spring Semester it is November 1. Students pay tuition and fees first to Baruch College when registering for courses at that institution and then to Hunter College when registered there.
The MS is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The MPA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).