M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management

The Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in Nonprofit Management prepares you for a wide range of managerial and leadership positions in non-profit organizations. This 42-credit program examines both practical and theoretical problems and challenges in the field, provides opportunities to improve your administrative skills, and prepares you for increasing levels of responsibility and management in the nonprofit sector. 

The required foundation courses include “Principles of Public Administration,” “Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Public Sector,” “Computer-based Management Systems” and “The Policy Process in Health Care and Public Administration.

In the Advanced Core Curriculum you will explore various aspects of nonprofit management, including courses like “Introduction to Nonprofit Management,” “Fundraising and Development of Nonprofit Organizations,” “Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations,” “Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations,” and “Legal and Ethical Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations.” Three credits of electives and a thesis complete this comprehensive course of study. Students matriculating on a full-time basis can complete this program in just over two years.

The M.P.A. degree is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

The M.P.A. program at LIU Post prepares students for service in executive and managerial-level positions public, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Our graduates are currently serving in the hospitals and health care practices; local and national nonprofits; and local, state, and federal government positions. Additional detail on the sectors, organizations, and titles of our M.P.A. program graduates is available here.
Master of Public Administration Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at LIU Post is to prepare leaders for service in public, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Primarily focusing on Long Island and the New York Metropolitan area, the MPA Program will emphasize the complexities and unique challenges of service delivery in these sectors and the training of skilled and creative pre-service and mid-career leaders. Embracing the broader mission of Long Island University, the MPA Program will meet this purpose in an inclusive environment that encourages access and excellence for a diverse student population. Mirroring the globalization of public, nonprofit, and health care services, the MPA Program will draw students from both domestic and international populations. The MPA Program will cultivate principled practitioners who are intently focused on values of effectiveness; efficiency and responsible use of resources; equity and fairness; accountability; and engagement with and respect for diverse constituencies. In support of the MPA Program mission, faculty members will engage in scholarly research and community and professional service aimed at advancing knowledge in the field of administration and effecting positive change in public, health care, and nonprofit services.


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