2024-2025 Catalog

Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in Applied Politics


The Department of Public Service & Healthcare Administration, in conjunction with the Political Science & Legal Studies Department, offers a dual degree program in Public Administration and Applied Politics.

Degree Requirements: 18 courses, 54 credits

This 18-course (54 credits) program consists of:

  • Eight required MPA courses (24 credits)

  • Two MPA electives (6 credits)

  • Five required Political Science courses (15 credits)

  • Three Political Science electives (9 credits)

Upon completion of all MPA and MAAP requirements, students receive two degrees.

MPA Requirements: 10 courses, 30 credits

MPA Core Requirements (8 courses, 24 credits)

P.AD-711Foundations of Public Service and Administration


P.AD-713Managing Financial Resources


P.AD-715Quantitative Analysis


P.AD-716Public Service Human Resource Management


P.AD-717Organizational Change


P.AD-718Leadership Strategies for an Interconnected World


P.AD-810Public Sector Admin Law


P.AD-890Strategic Management


MPA Electives (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose any two (2) P.AD 800- or 900-level elective courses.

Students must complete 30 credit hours in the MPA Program; P.AD and POLS electives are not interchangeable.



  • Students must take POLS-777 prior to taking P.AD-715.

  • Students with no professional public management experience must take P.AD-859 Public Service Internship (this will count as an elective). Students who take POLS-723 do not need to take P.AD-859 and can take an additional MPA elective.

  • Students should meet with their faculty advisor in both programs when determining their program.

Applied Politics Requirements: 8 courses, 24 credits

MAAP Core Requirements (5 courses, 15 credits)

POLS-723Graduate Internship


POLS-724Politics of Public Policy


POLS-747Seminar in Legislation and Lobbying


POLS-755Seminar Campaigns and Elections


POLS-777Writing for the Policy Professional


MAAP Electives (3 courses, 9 credits)

Electives can include any graduate course offered by the Political Science & Legal Studies Department. Other Suffolk University graduate courses may be taken as electives with the approval of the program director.

About the Dual Degree

Learn more about the experiences and opportunities available within this dual degree program.

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