Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Global Comparative Public Administration (GCPA)

Globalization and the increasing complexities of today’s interconnected world challenge the traditional functions and boundaries of government. There is a growing call to rethink the way public administration education is provided to appropriately train future generations of public administrators, analysts, and scholars.

UMass Boston's Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Global Comparative Public Administration (GCPA) educates a new generation of global public administrators. The two-year, 39 credit online-optional program prepares graduates for public service careers and leadership positions in state, national, and international governments and NGOs. This master’s degree has an applied, practitioner orientation consistent with professional public administration programs.

Students will develop:

  • A holistic understanding of public administration theories
  • Public sector ethics and
  • Acquire skills necessary for effective public administration in the globalized world, where communities seek to stay involved and relevant in addressing issues related to social, economic and political inequality.

This unique interdisciplinary program empowers students to:

  • Learn the complex, interdependent network among nation-states and supranational organizations.
  • Develop new and alternative strategies for improving public institutions worldwide.
  • Work to resolve global inequity.


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