baruch college school of public affairs

Prepare to lead with a graduate degree from Baruch College's Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, New York City’s only public graduate school dedicated to public and global affairs.

We offer top-ranked master’s programs in public policy that combine theory and practice. You graduate prepared to think critically about today’s most pressing policy issues and understand how to address them with a fresh public-service perspective. Take the next steps toward a meaningful career with a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MPA, Master of International Affairs (MIA), or a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA).

Program Benefits

Join A Community of Public Affairs Leaders

As a Marxe student, you will tap into our strong network of public affairs professionals. Your classmates and our alumni include high-level administrators and leaders from such organizations as the New York City Council, the New York State Legislature, Con Edison, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York Cares, the American Federation of the Arts, and New York City's Office of Management and Budget.

Explore Our Graduate Degrees

The Marxe School is the only public graduate school dedicated to public affairs and is ranked #1 in public affairs among public institutions in New York City by U.S. News & World Report. Our programs’ interdisciplinary approach allows you to immerse yourself in the critical issues and challenges facing today's society while preparing you to lead and manage complex organizations.

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Our NASPAA-accredited MPA is the #1 public affairs program in New York City among public institutions and ranks alongside the best in the nation. The program helps you gain knowledge of American government and public policies in such areas as immigration, the environment, housing, economic development, health care, and foreign affairs. With an MPA, you will gain the analytical skills required for thoughtful policy analysis and the communications and management skills necessary to effectively and ethically lead public, government, and nonprofit organizations.

The MPA program has five specialized concentrations so you can customize your study based on your professional goals:

Nonprofit Administration

The Nonprofit Administration track prepares you to think like a nonprofit leader, with a focus on fundraising, decision-making, emergency preparedness, ethics, and philanthropy. The program combines key aspects of nonprofit administration and budgeting with an extensive list of electives, which allows you to further focus and customize your studies.

Healthcare Policy

Learn how you can make a difference in health and healthcare delivery systems with a specialization in healthcare policy. The program helps you analyze, implement, and evaluate responsive health policies, while exploring the political, economic, and social factors affecting healthcare delivery to diverse populations. Students in this program often go on to work in government healthcare agencies, private and public hospitals, health advocacy groups, and insurance companies.

Urban Development and Sustainability

Understand the social, economic, and environmental factors that impact sustainability and modern issues in urban centers with a specialization in Urban Development and Sustainability. In this program you will explore new ways cities can improve and sustain housing, land use, business activity, and infrastructure. The core curriculum includes a focus on community development, housing policy, greening and growing cities, and urban economic development.

Policy Analysis and Evaluation

The Policy Analysis and Evaluation specialization teaches you how to analyze and evaluate policy issues affecting all areas of society. The program emphasizes using sound methodology in evaluations to improve the policy-making process. Courses include economics, political science, population studies and sociology, as well as extensive courses in qualitative and quantitative approaches to policy analysis.

Public Management

Explore new ways of workforce and asset administration with an MPA specialization in Public Management. This track focuses on modern challenges and opportunities in human and capital resources, changing venues in public management, and institutional representation. Students who pursue this specialization are often nominated as finalists to competitive fellowship programs such as the New York State Public Management Institute and the Presidential Management Fellows Program.

Executive Master of Public Administration

The Executive MPA delivers the same MPA core curriculum in a format designed to meet the needs of mid-career professionals working in public and nonprofit organizations. The two-year accelerated program offers convenient Saturday-only courses, delivered in a cohort model. This program is ideal for those who aspire to advance their leadership, analytical, and managerial skills. Admission to the Executive MPA requires at least three years of supervisory experience.

Hear from our Alumni

“Each of my courses in the MPA program provided me with a strong academic foundation in public administration. After graduating, I entered the workforce as a more dynamic leader with experience in public policy decision-making, prepared to make a difference.”

Saira Qureshi (MPA '12)
Public Health Advisor/Gender Liaison, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator
Department of State, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

“The Executive MPA experience provided me with a strong background in program evaluation, statistics and public and non-profit management, which has made me much more confident when it comes to tackling community development strategic planning and examining programmatic best practices for the future.”

Kenneth Scott (Executive MPA '15)
Operations Analyst, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

Master of International Affairs (MIA)

Globalization, climate change, trade, migration, resource management, public health, food security—many of the world’s most urgent problems, and its greatest opportunities, transcend national borders.

The Master of International Affairs (MIA) provides you with a critical international perspective necessary to succeed as a leader in a globally-focused public or private organization. This program integrates pressing current issues with international economics, global communication, policy analysis, and quantitative and qualitative methods.

The MIA program has four unique specializations that allow you to align your studies with your career goals:

International Nongovernmental Organizations

As the number and influence of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) expands throughout the world, this concentration provides graduates with both practical management skills and policy expertise in key areas such as economic development, migration, public health, government relations, and the environment. This specialization prepares you to work with global institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank, top INGOs, as well as corporate foundations and businesses committed to promoting development through international public-private partnerships.

Trade Policy and Global Economic Governance

This specialization provides you with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of economic integration in a globalized economy and helps you meet the challenges of protecting public health, the environment, workers, and family integrity. The program’s core courses on trade policy and international development provide you with critical insight into political and economic relationships and government policies.

Western Hemisphere Affairs

From Canada to the Southern Cone, the western hemisphere includes both the world's largest developed economy and one of the fastest emerging economies, along with one of the most vital trading partnerships and complex migration patterns on the planet. This program takes an in-depth look at the politics, economies, and cultures of North, Central, and South America, and gives you a deep understanding of how these impact trade policy, economic cooperation, migration flows, and security policies.

Special Concentration

The special concentration allows you to work with a faculty adviser to design a rigorous program of study tailored to your personal interests and career ambitions. Examples may include migrations and diasporas, hemispheric security, and hemispheric marketing.

Hear from a Current Student:

“My experience here has been truly worth it. I am gradually developing new skills that will enable me to contribute effectively to the organization I will be working for. With every class, I realize there is so much I did not know, and so much I still need to explore. The best part is the opportunity to learn new things from my classmates from across the world.”

Dipika Shrestha (MIA ’19)

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

The Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA) gives you the leadership skills necessary to take on complex institutional challenges in a higher education. This program is specifically structured to accommodate the schedules of professionals currently working in higher education looking to advance their role and responsibilities. Whether you are currently in the field or looking to change careers, this program offers the framework needed to succeed in today's ever-changing higher education landscape.

Students in the MSEd-HEA can choose between an Institutional Research and Assessment Specialization or a more comprehensive generalist track.

Generalist Program

The generalist program provides you with skills and knowledge to work as managers and high-level administrators in higher education, with an emphasis on student services. Courses include the history and structure of higher education, student services, research methods, finance, and management. Elective courses include collective bargaining, student development, and community college administration.

Institutional Research and Assessment

The institutional research and assessment specialization builds upon the MSEd-HEA generalist core and capstone curriculum by incorporating research and analysis requirements and adding elective courses in institutional research, program evaluation, and budgeting. The specialization is grounded in the idea that an in-depth knowledge of research and data analysis is important to wide variety of college administrators. Colleges and universities are under continued and mounting pressure to make sound but difficult decisions in such areas as enrollment management, faculty productivity, strategic planning, compliance, outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness. Institutional research is also maturing as a profession, and the field requires an emerging work force that has been specifically trained in the analysis of higher education data and issues.

Hear from our MSEd-HEA Alumni

“Higher education is constantly evolving and I feel equipped with the tools to be innovative and continue advocating for public higher education in this country.”

Wynter Greene (MSEd '12)
Senior Academic Advisor, Macaulay Honors College


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