Public Administration

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding LIU’s MPA Program.  If you have any further questions, please contact the MPA office at 718-488-1071

What is tuition?
How is the program delivered?

The mode of delivery for the MPA program is primarily classroom: a few courses are available in hybrid modes. All required core classes are currently taught only in classrooms.

Enrollments, Placements and Completion Rates

During Fall 2018, there were 177 MPA students in the two specializations (91 Health Administration; 86 Public Administration) For the Fall 2013 admissions cohort, 26% of the students graduated within two years and 48% graduated within four years. Based on our 2019 survey of students, 78% of students are employed, 16% within Federal, state or local government, 27% in the non-profit or independent sector and 35% in the private sector

How long does it take to complete the program?

Our graduation rate presumes a two-year degree program length. Our program and curriculum is geared toward students graduating in more than two years.  Given that fact a majority of students graduate in 3 or 4 years.

The data below shows Graduation Rates based on Total Number of Students in FALL 2013 ADMISSIONS COHORT


Initially Enrolled Graduated in 2 years Graduated in 3 years
Graduated in 4 years
Health Administration 27
17 23 24
Public Administration 31 10 15 17

How many students are enrolled in the program?
Enrollment Fall 2013-2018
Specialization Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018
Health Administration 81
97
120
97
109
91
Public Administration 100 103 105 105 81 86
Totals 181
200 225
202
190 177
Where do students intern?

The MPA program does not have an internship requirement, however, the program allows students to engage in an internship for credit. For-credit internships are strongly recommended for our pre-service students. The MPA program offers three internship courses: MPA 788 (fall semester), MPA 789 (spring semester), and MPA 790 (summer semester). A student may complete a maximum of six credits of internship to be used as specialization credits in public administration or health administration. To earn three credits student must serve as an intern at an approved organization for a minimum of 300 hours over the course of a semester. The design of the internship links the learning experience to the student’s area of specialization.

Due to the fact that an internship is not required for graduation, we did not have students undertake an internship in the self-study year. However, we have had three students undertake an internship over the two academic years prior to the self-study year.

Internship placements have included:

  • Greater New York Hospital Association Summer Enrichment Program: Mount Sinai Health System
  • Administrative Intern: New York Family Dental Care
  • Purchasing Card (P-Card) Program Intern: New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Where do students who graduate from the program work?

Based on the exit surveys of the students who graduated in spring of 2019, below are the employment outcomes of the class.

Student Employment Outcomes
Type of Employment Number of Students
City, county, or other local government in the same country as the program 6
Non-profit (domestic) 10
Private sector (not research/consulting) 13
Unemployed not seeking employment 2
Unemployed seeking employment 6
Totals 37

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