Albany Rockefeller

State University of New York at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Program Summary


University: State University of New York at Albany

Location: Albany, New York

Degree: Masters of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: “The Master of Public Administration Program is designed to train and educate individuals for careers in public service, whether that is in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. This interdisciplinary degree focuses on the intellectual foundations of public administration, including quantitative analysis, management and professional skills. Students will be prepared for careers in nonprofit organizations, federal, state, and local governments, and for profit organizations that cooperate with the public sector.” (At, accessed 5 May 2014.)

“Nationally Ranked MPA – The Career You Want. The Skills You Need. US News and World Report ranks the MPA program at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy 16th in the country out of more than 250 Public Affairs programs. Within the field of public affairs, Rockefeller is ranked in the following specialties: 3rd in Information & Technology Management; 14th in Public Management Administration; 16th in Public Finance & Budgeting ; 18th in Nonprofit Management . Our MPA program also boasts distinctive programs of study such as Homeland Security, Health Policy, and local government management. Rockefeller College prepares MPA students for careers in local, state, or federal government, in the nonprofit sector, and abroad.”  (At, accessed 16 June 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: Rockefeller College is comprised of two divisions, the Department of Public Administration and Policy (which offers the MPA degree along with a Ph.D. in Public Administration as well as several certificate programs), and the Department of Political Science (which offers a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D).

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The Rockefeller’s graduate programs are listed, by graduate unit, at The units providing the degrees most closely related to the MPP include: Masters of Political Science.

Posted Tuition: $11,295 tuition and fees per year for MPA for NY State residents and $19,775 for Out-Of-State students entering in 2013 (at, accessed 5 May 2014).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The core consists of six semester-length courses, two professional applications modules, and a capstone course connected to an internship.  Core courses are required of all students. MPA students are required to take all their core courses prior to enrolling in a concentration course. There are 12 listed concentrations: Global Affairs; Nonprofit Management; Local Government Management; Homeland Security; Health Policy; Healthcare Management; Information Strategy and Management; Policy Analytic Method; Organizational Behavior and Theory; Financial Management and Public Economics; Human Resources Management; and Financial Market Regulation. Depending on the concentration, students can choose to take two, three, or five courses within one or more concentrations. Students should choose concentrations based on their career goals and should work closely with an advisor to determine which concentrations best match their professional interests and to identify the specific courses they will take within a concentration. Where appropriate, a student working closely with his or her advisor may design a unique concentration. (At, accessed 12 April 2015.)

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary:  Rockefeller’s MPA may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students should plan to commit two years to complete the program and required internship. Part-time, working professionals can take advantage of evening courses to complete the degree. The MPA is a 49 credit hour program that allows students to focus the degree towards their personal career goals. The three components of the Rockefeller MPA are:

  • A core curriculum including public management, analytic methods, financial management, and microeconomics (28 credits)
  • Concentration area(s) consisting of five elective courses chosen from Rockefeller College and across the University
  • An internship or career experience

Duration: 2 years (four terms of full-time study).

Academic Prerequisite: No specific academic prerequisites are listed

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 14.25 (49 credit hours = 12.25 one-semester-equivalents of courses plus a required internship assigned 2 course-equivalents, for students with less than 2 years of professional experience)

Note 1. We are using 4 credits = 1 one-semester-course because most MPA courses are 4 credits and have 13 or 14 3-hour classes. For example, see

Number of Required Courses: 9 (28 credits for 6 core courses plus professional application modules, plus required internship)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 5.25

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 44 offered in 2013-2014 (161 listed)

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No, but capstone paper completion is required.

Internship Required: Yes, but this requirement can be waived if the student has two or more years of full-time experience working in the public sector.

International Study Required: No, but options available Italy and China, see

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-14 Rockefeller courses is found at: In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R).

Course Material Online: Most syllabi are available to the public online at (accessed 5 May 2014).

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Rockefeller Course Map below, weighted the PEACO Algorithm, is displayed below. Some courses can count for between 1-4 or 3-4 credit hours (depending on the number of sessions chosen by students), these courses are listed as 1/4-1 and 3/4-1 in the Course Map and are counted as full courses in the PEACO analysis. Courses only for Ph.D students were not included in this analysis.

I. Courses Required and Offered
a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree 14.25
b. Number of required courses 9.25
c. Number of elective courses taken (a – b) 5.0
d. Number of elective courses offered 154.75
e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d) 0.03
II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas
     Domains and Subjects
Tools and Skills 64.4%
  – Strategy and Structure 12.5%
  – Economic Analysis 7.9%
  – Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences 19.7%
  – Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice 24.3%
Institutions and Context 15.0%
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process 10.9%
  – Ethics and Accountability 0.5%
  – Social, Political, Global and Local Contexts 3.6%
Management Functions 12.5%
  – Public Financial Management 8.5%
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement 0.5%
  – Other Management Functions 3.5%
Policy Sectors 8.2%
  – Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy 0.5%
  – International Development 0.5%
  – Health 1.2%
  – Other Policy Sectors 6.1%
                              Total 100%
III. Number of Courses in “NASPAA-required Subjects” taken by
      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains
Lead and Manage in Public Governance 2.29
Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process 2.67
Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions 5.57
Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives 1.52
Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry 0.78
Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies 12.84
IV. Ratio of Courses in “NASPAA-required Subjects” taken by
      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency
Lead and Manage in Public Governance 1.14
Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process 1.34
Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions 1.95
Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives 0.85
Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry 0.57
Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed 1.28

Source: At and and and and (accessed 5 May 2014)

Page created by: Kyle Richardson on 5 May 2014, edited by Dave Marshall on 7 June 2014 and updated by Ian Clark, 16 May 2014 and Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program’s structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.



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