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Cornell University Cornell Brooks Public Policy

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Brooks School offers an interdisciplinary, Ivy League MPA degree to help start or accelerate your mission-driven career in public service. 

The Brooks School trains future leaders in the field of public affairs to address the world’s most complex public policy challenges with a two-year, residential Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and an 18-month, online Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) degree program. With an interdisciplinary curriculum, our students have access to faculty members across Cornell University, which is among the largest and most diverse of the Ivy League universities.

Our graduates pursue successful careers across a wide range of spaces, including education, healthcare, criminal justice, sustainability, and economic policy.

MPA Degree Programs & Certificates

+ Residential MPA Program

  • Ready to improve lives and lead in a post-pandemic world? Develop expertise with our eight concentrations and flexible curriculum. Explore Getting An MPA.

+ Executive MPA Program

+ Online Certificates

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  • Round One of the residential MPA application for the 2023-2024 academic year will close on January 15; however, we have opened the application for a second round of applications. Round Two applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2023. To receive consideration for funding, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

  • Our EMPA Cohort starting in May 2023 has reached capacity.  If you would like to be considered for an early decision to join the EMPA Cohort starting in May 2024, please submit an application by April 15.  After April 15, the regular application to join the May 2024 EMPA Cohort will open again in late August.

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Rizwangul NurMuhammad sitting in front of computer screen

Rizwangul NurMuhammad MPA ’22 has been named a 2022 Adams Leadership Award recipient for her work on the nonprofit organization she co-founded, Empowered Communities Charitable Trust (ECCT).

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