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MPA Program

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.

The MPA application for the Fall 2022 term is now closed. Applications for Fall 2023 will open in early September. CIPA offers rolling admissions until our cohort is full. If you would like to be considered for funding, please submit your application as soon as possible.

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About the MPA Degree Program

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.

Program Information

Admissions Requirements

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.

CIPA Concentrations

The MPA program at CIPA allows students to choose from 8 options and pursue specialized courses in which they develop expertise in their selected area. Explore our concentrations.

CIPA Curriculum

CIPA offers a flexible curriculum based on your area of interest that includes graduate-level coursework and real-world experience. Learn more about the MPA curriculum.

Cost of Attendance

CIPA offers you the opportunity to receive a high-quality, Ivy League MPA at an affordable price.

Student Life at CIPA

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.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have found successful careers with many organizations across the public, nonprofit and government sectors. Learn more about your career opportunities.


Download Our MPA Guide!

If you’re interested in pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree and a future career in public affairs, we invite you to download and explore our interactive digital resource.

Download the MPA Guide