Preparing Leaders in the Public, Private & Nonprofit Sectors
The Master of Public Administration program at CIPA is designed to build the skills and knowledge required for your career in the field of public administration.
CIPA offers rolling admissions. We will consider all applications received through the middle of May. If you would like to be considered for funding, please submit your application as soon as possible.
The Master of Public Administration degree program is a two-year graduate program offered through the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA). We prepare individuals for management and leadership careers in public service. Our MPA offers a solid foundation of core coursework in management, economics and finance, and quantitative analysis.
As a student, you will receive a rich combination of coursework and practical experience, with hands-on opportunities offered both inside and outside of the classroom. MPA graduates go on to work for a wide range of governmental, nonprofit and private organizations, where they serve as managers, executives, and policy analysts, among other things.
Build Your Public Engagement Portfolio with Flexible Learning
The MPA degree program places a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Real-world consulting opportunities, internships, off-campus study, and Capstone experiences help you develop the skill set you need to be successful in your future careers, and provide relevant material for inclusion in résumés and job interviews.
Our flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum also affords you the opportunity to work with renowned faculty across many different departments, schools and colleges at Cornell as you build this expertise.
We are looking for exceptional students who have the analytical, leadership and communication skills required to take on some of the most complex policy challenges facing our world today. Learn more about the Admissions process.
Our program is known for fostering a culture of collaboration, openness, and respect. Our students and faculty are diverse and supportive of each other and the bonds that are forged here last a lifetime. Learn more about Student Life at CIPA.