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MPP and MPA Programs

State University of New York at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

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Program Summary


University: State University of New York at Albany

Location: Albany, New York

Degree: Masters of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: "The Master of Public Administration Program is designed to train and educate individuals for careers in public service, whether that is in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. This interdisciplinary degree focuses on the intellectual foundations of public administration, including quantitative analysis, management and professional skills. Students will be prepared for careers in nonprofit organizations, federal, state, and local governments, and for profit organizations that cooperate with the public sector." (At, accessed 5 May 2014.)

"Nationally Ranked MPA - The Career You Want. The Skills You Need. US News and World Report ranks the MPA program at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy 16th in the country out of more than 250 Public Affairs programs. Within the field of public affairs, Rockefeller is ranked in the following specialties: 3rd in Information & Technology Management; 14th in Public Management Administration; 16th in Public Finance & Budgeting ; 18th in Nonprofit Management . Our MPA program also boasts distinctive programs of study such as Homeland Security, Health Policy, and local government management. Rockefeller College prepares MPA students for careers in local, state, or federal government, in the nonprofit sector, and abroad."  (At, accessed 16 June 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: Rockefeller College is comprised of two divisions, the Department of Public Administration and Policy (which offers the MPA degree along with a Ph.D. in Public Administration as well as several certificate programs), and the Department of Political Science (which offers a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D).

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The Rockefeller's graduate programs are listed, by graduate unit, at The units providing the degrees most closely related to the MPP include: Masters of Political Science.

Posted Tuition$11,295 tuition and fees per year for MPA for NY State residents and $19,775 for Out-Of-State students entering in 2013 (at, accessed 5 May 2014).

Concentration/Curriculum OverviewThe core consists of six semester-length courses, two professional applications modules, and a capstone course connected to an internship.  Core courses are required of all students. MPA students are required to take all their core courses prior to enrolling in a concentration course. There are 12 listed concentrations: Global Affairs; Nonprofit Management; Local Government Management; Homeland Security; Health Policy; Healthcare Management; Information Strategy and Management; Policy Analytic Method; Organizational Behavior and Theory; Financial Management and Public Economics; Human Resources Management; and Financial Market Regulation. Depending on the concentration, students can choose to take two, three, or five courses within one or more concentrations. Students should choose concentrations based on their career goals and should work closely with an advisor to determine which concentrations best match their professional interests and to identify the specific courses they will take within a concentration. Where appropriate, a student working closely with his or her advisor may design a unique concentration. (At, accessed 12 April 2015.)

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary:  Rockefeller’s MPA may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students should plan to commit two years to complete the program and required internship. Part-time, working professionals can take advantage of evening courses to complete the degree. The MPA is a 49 credit hour program that allows students to focus the degree towards their personal career goals. The three components of the Rockefeller MPA are:

  • A core curriculum including public management, analytic methods, financial management, and microeconomics (28 credits)
  • Concentration area(s) consisting of five elective courses chosen from Rockefeller College and across the University
  • An internship or career experience

Duration: 2 years (four terms of full-time study).

Academic Prerequisite: No specific academic prerequisites are listed

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 14.25 (49 credit hours = 12.25 one-semester-equivalents of courses plus a required internship assigned 2 course-equivalents, for students with less than 2 years of professional experience)

Note 1. We are using 4 credits = 1 one-semester-course because most MPA courses are 4 credits and have 13 or 14 3-hour classes. For example, see

Number of Required Courses: 9 (28 credits for 6 core courses plus professional application modules, plus required internship)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 5.25

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 44 offered in 2013-2014 (161 listed)

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No, but capstone paper completion is required.

Internship Required: Yes, but this requirement can be waived if the student has two or more years of full-time experience working in the public sector.

International Study Required: No, but options available Italy and China, see

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-14 Rockefeller courses is found at: In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R).

Course Material Online: Most syllabi are available to the public online at (accessed 5 May 2014).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Rockefeller Course Map below, weighted the PEACO Algorithm, is displayed below. Some courses can count for between 1-4 or 3-4 credit hours (depending on the number of sessions chosen by students), these courses are listed as 1/4-1 and 3/4-1 in the Course Map and are counted as full courses in the PEACO analysis. Courses only for Ph.D students were not included in this analysis. 

I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree


b. Number of required courses


c. Number of elective courses taken (a - b)


d. Number of elective courses offered


e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d)


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Social, Political, Global and Local Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


Source: At and and and and (accessed 5 May 2014)

Page Created By: Kyle Richardson on 5 May 2014, edited by Dave Marshall on 7 June 2014 and updated by Ian Clark, 16 May 2014 and Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

Albany Rockefeller MPA Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PAD 506: Foundations of Public Management (R) (D)
  PAD 515: Implementation and Impact
  PAD 526: Field Seminar in Public Policy
  PAD 540: Public Policy Analysis (D)
  PAD 562: Plan Implementation and Development Management
  PAD 607: Non-Profit Governance
  PAD 610: Organizational Theory and Behavior (D)
  PAD 611: Decision Making in Government and Administration (D)
  PAD 613: Issues in Not-For-Profit Management (D)
  PAD 615: Strategic Planning and Management
  PAD 662: Methods of Public Policy Analysis
  PAD 671: Managing Public Sector Performance
  PAD 699: Special Topics in Public Administration and Policy (1/4-1)
  PAD 524: Systems Thinking and Strategy Development
  PAD 632: Group Dynamics in Organization
  PAD 633: Organizational Analysis and Development
  PAD 638: Readings in Administrative Systems and Behavior
  PAD 683: Program Seminar in Managing Local Government
  PAD 695: Readings in Public Management
  PAD 708: Organizational Behavior and Theory
  PAD 727: Seminar in Organization and Management Research
  PAD 736: Advanced Seminar in Organization Design
  PAD 737: Contemporary Organization Theory and Management (D)
  PAD 738: The History of Organization Theories
  PAD 739: Contemporary Organization Behavior and Management

 Economic Analysis

  PAD 503: Principles of Public Economics (R) (D)
  PAD 643: Economics of Government Programs (D)
  PAD 645: Psychological Economics and Policy (D)
  PAD 658: Readings in Public Finance
  PAD 747: Seminar in Public Finance

 Quantitative Methods

  PAD 504: Data, Models, and Decisions I (R) (D)
  PAD 505: Data, Models, and Decisions II(R) (D)
  PAD 517: Empirical Data Analysis
  PAD 518: Regression Analysis
  PAD 519: Advanced Statistical Methods
  PAD 621: Quantitative Methods in Public Administration
  PAD 622: Methods of Public Policy Analysis
  PAD 688: Statistical Programming Workshop (1/4) (D)
  PAD 704: Research Methods I (D)
  PAD 705: Research Methods II
  PAD 725: Applied Quantitative Methods (D)
  PAD 748: Quantitative Analysis in Public Finance

 Analytic Methods

  PAD 620: Normative Decision Making
  PAD 625: Bargaining and Negotiation
  PAD 627: Cost-Benefit Analysis
  PAD 628: Readings in Research Methodology
  PAD 629: Risk Analysis
  PAD 634: Judgment and Decision-Making Behavior
  PAD 636: Cultural Analysis of Organizations (D)
  PAD 670: Research Methods in Historical Institutionalism
  PAD 700: Operations and Productivity Controls Seminar
  PAD 717: Seminar in Administrative Processes
  PAD 722: The Analytic Tradition
  PAD 734: Seminar on Judgment and Decision Making
  PAD 777: Advanced Topics in Social Network Analysis
  PAD 824: Advanced Topics in System Dynamics (1/4-3/2)
  PAD 834: Proseminar on Judgment and Decision-Making

 Leadership Skills

  PAD 614: Managerial Leadership in the Public Sector (D)

 Communication Skills

  PAD 560: Technical Writing and Communications in Government (1/2)

 Professional Practice

  Internship (2R)
  PAD 507: Professional Applications I (R/2) (D)
  PAD 508: Professional Applications II (R/2) (D)
  PAD 509: Career Capstone Experience (R/4) (D)
  PAD 511: Special Topics in Public Administration: Professional Competencies
  PAD 691: Independent Research in Public Affairs (1/4-3)
  PAD 697: Guided Research (1/4-1)
  PAD 698: Seminar for Administrative Interns (0) (D)
  PAD 724: Simulation for Policy Analysis and Design (3/4-3/2)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PAD 500: Institutional Foundations of Public Administration (R) (D)
  PAD 510: Introduction to Legislative Administration
  PAD 522: Politics and Policy
  PAD 529: Law and Policy (D)
  PAD 550: Foundations of Government (D)
  PAD 600: Fundamentals of Administrative Law
  PAD 608: Readings in Legal and Political Environment
  PAD 660: Theories and Models of the Policy Process
  PAD 661: Comparative and International Public Management (D)
  PAD 677: The NYS Public Policy Process
  PAD 679: Public Administration and Legislatures
  PAD 668: Readings in Comparative and International Public Administration
  PAD 680: Seminar in Legislative Administration
  PAD 681: Legislative Research
  PAD 702: Politics and Administration (D)
  PAD 709: Foundations of Public Administration (D)
  PAD 767: Seminar in Comparative and International Administration
  PAD 768: Methodological Epistemological Issues in the Study of Cooperative Public Administration

 Social and Political Context

  PAD 601: Historical Analysis and Public Policy
  PAD 602: Minorities and the Politico-Legal System
  PAD 604: Inequality and Public Policy (D)
  PAD 605: Politics of Migration and Membership
  PAD 606: Social Capital and Public Policy
  PAD 637: Social and Organizational Networks in Public Policy, Management, and Service Delivery: Theory, Methods, and Analysis

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PAD 514: Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Public Policy
  PAD 564: Ethics in Public Administration

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  PAD 530: Intergovernmental Relations, Federalism and Public Policy
  PAD 577: Information Technology, Globalization and Global Governance
  PAD 583: Global Governance
  PAD 663: Comparative Policy Systems
  RPOS 789: International Security and Conflict (D)

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PAD 501: Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (R) (D)
  PAD 541: Local Government Financial Management (1/2)
  PAD 631: Cost Management for Government, Health Care and Nonprofit Organizations
  PAD 640: Nonprofit Financial Management
  PAD 641: Basic Government Accounting (D)
  PAD 642: Public Budgeting (D)
  PAD 646: Government and Nonprofit Fiscal Systems
  PAD 659: Managing Public Service Organization Finances

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PAD 521: Issues and Practices in Program Evaluation (1/4-1)
  PAD 626: Evaluation of Public Sector Programs (D)

 Human Resource Management

  PAD 609: Public Employees and the Law
  PAD 618: Public Personnel Administration (D)
  PAD 619: Current Issues in Public Management and Personnel
  PAD 639: Executive Skill Development
  PAD 651: Labor Relations in the Public Sector

 Information Management and Technology

  PAD 513: Topics in Information Resource Management (1/4-1)
  PAD 623: Management Information Systems
  PAD 624: Simulating Dynamic Systems
  PAD 630: Topics in Information Management for Nonprofits
  PAD 650: Building a Case for IT Investments in the Public Sector
  PAD 652: Seminar on Information Strategy and Management (1/4-1)

 Program and Service Delivery

  PAD 532: Performance Measurement and Contracting in Government (D)

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  PAD 536: Regulation of Securities Markets (3/4)
  PAD 537: Broker-Dealer Accounting, Regulation, and Auditing (3/4)
  PAD 635: Health, Safety and Environmental Regulation
  PAD 690: Regulatory Administration

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PAD 512: Non-Profit Fundraising & Development Fundamentals
  PAD 603: Citizen Participation and Public Policy
  PAD 612: Nonprofits and Public Policy (D)
  PAD 616: Nonprofits and Social Transformation (D)
  PAD 675: Topics in Public Policy Advocacy (D)

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  PAD 648: Economics of Government Revenues
  PAD 703: Economic and Financial Theory

 International Development

  PAD 563: Planning for Jobs, Housing and Community Services in Third World Cities
  PAD 664: Politics in Developing Countries

 Social Policy and Welfare

  PAD 520: Welfare Policy and Management
  PAD 617: Equal Employment Opportunity


  PAD 516: Introduction to Health Policy and Politics (3/4)
  PAD 644: Health Care Finance
  PAD 653: Disease Policy: Managing Public Health Problems
  PAD 654: Economics of Health Policy: Your Money or Your Life (D)
  PAD 656: Health Care Financial Analysis
  PAD 657: Health Policy Analysis (3/4)


  PAD 669: Economics of Education II (3/4)

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  PAD 528: U.S. Housing Policy (3/4-1)
  PAD 561: Urban Community Development
  PAD 566: Urban Policy in the United States (3/4-1)
  PAD 567: Local Economic Development Strategies and Techniques
  PAD 573: Metropolitan Governance and Planning
  PAD 682: Program Seminar in Urban Land Use Policy and Regulation
  PAD 684: Seminar in Urban Policy Analysis
  PAD 689: Readings in Urban Development

 Environment and Sustainability

  PAD 565: Hudson River Watershed: Environment, Society and Policy
  PAD 665: Biodiversity and Conservation: Policy Issues
  PAD 666: International Environmental Policy
  PAD 667: Politics of Environmental Regulation

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  PAD 546: Homeland Security Risk Analysis and Management (D)
  PAD 553: Topics in Homeland Security and Terrorism
  PAD 554: Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism (D)
  PAD 556: Homeland Security Intelligence (D)
  PAD 557: Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security (D)
  PAD 558: Intelligence & US National Security Policymaking
  PAD 559: Homeland Security: Building Preparedness Capabilities
  PAD 585: Information Technology and Homeland Security

 Policing and Justice Administration

  PAD 552: Crime, Criminal Justice and Public Policy

 Arts and Culture

  PAD 685: Culture and Public Policy: Developing Creative Communities

 Financial Markets

  PAD 535: Fundamentals of Securities Law (3/4) (D)
  PAD 647: Capital Markets, Risk and Governments (D)

 Other Policy Sectors

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