Jul 21, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Global Comparative Public Administration, MPA

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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Global Comparative Public Administration (GCPA) educates a new generation of global public administrators and is targeted toward both working professionals and recent undergraduates seeking to develop administrative and analytical skills with a global comparative perspective.

The two-year, 39 credit (either in-class or online) program prepares graduates for public service careers and leadership positions in state, national, and international governments; and non-government organizations (NGOs).

The master’s degree has an applied, practitioner orientation consistent with professional public administration programs.

This unique interdisciplinary program empowers students to:

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


Students must take three electives. Course offerings vary each semester. See WISER for schedules and courses offered.

Other Electives

With prior approval from the Graduate Program Director, other elective courses may be approved from the:

  • Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs*
  • Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance*
  • Department of Gerontology*
  • College of Management*
  • Global Post-disaster Reconstruction and Management (online)
  • School for the Environment*

* courses offered on-campus


Application deadline: May 1 for fall admissions

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions website for complete details on these requirements.

  • a completed application form. Download the graduate application.
  • a non-refundable application fee (currently $60.00 for domestic applicants or $100.00 for international applicants: payable by credit card online [MasterCard or VISA])
  • official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges attended
  • A current résumé noting your college(s), major(s), GPA(s) on the top of page one
  • Three letters of reference, at least two of which should come from individuals who can assess the applicant’s academic preparation for advanced graduate work. Download the letter of recommendation form.
  • Short writing sample (3-5 pages): Any substantial piece of academic writing of which the applicant is the sole author
  • Statement of purpose (1500 words maximum) that addresses the following questions:

What are your career objectives?
How will a master’s in global comparative public administration advance those objectives?
In what ways does the UMass Boston global comparative public administration program address your particular academic, career, and personal goals?
What professional, personal, and academic experiences have especially equipped you for the challenges of pursuing a master’s degree?
What personal strengths will your bring to your studies?
What personal challenges or hurdles do you anticipate having to address in order to complete the master’s program?

  • Language requirement: The proposed academic program is conducted in English. Proficiency in another language besides English is an advantage to the applicant as it makes available a wider range of international scholarship and should be noted in their application.
  • All applicants having received their bachelor’s degree from a college or university outside the United States are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELT).  A  minimum TOEFL of 79 or IELTS of 6.0 is required.

Submission Procedures

The application form and application fee should be submitted online.  

All other application materials should be submitted by mail to the Office of Graduate Admissions by May 1. We prefer to receive a complete application in one mailing.

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