Master of Public Administration in Global Comparative Public Administration


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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The University of Massachusetts Boston is currently not accepting students for online study who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, or Minnesota, due to regulations in those states. Please contact your state's Board of Education for details. Click here for information on distance education authorization in other states.


Registration is administered through College of Advancing and Professional Studies at UMass Boston. Payment is due upon registration. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $575
Returned Check Fee per semester** $28
Total for course*** $1,725 (575 x 3 credits = 1725)

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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  • 'Excellence in Online Teaching' Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards, 2008
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
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  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
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  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors (2005, 2006, 2007 Princeton Review: Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education

Admission is competitive - Apply early! Here's how...

Admission Criteria include:

1. UMass Boston graduate admissions application and fee

2. Official transcripts from each college and university attended

3. Submission of GRE test scores is optional. However, we highly encourage you to submit GRE scores if you have them for our consideration of your admission. We use a holistic approach to making admissions decisions that includes consideration of your undergraduate GPA, selectivity of your undergraduate institution, your personal statement, your letters of reference, and your professional work experience. GREs can provide an additional insight into your preparation for graduate study, but are never the sole factor in the admission decision. GREs are more indicative of future academic success for those applying early in their careers, or immediately after receiving their undergraduate degree, than those who are mid-career.

4. A current resume or CV

5. 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.

6. Short writing sample (3-5 pages): Any substantial piece of academic writing of which the applicant is the sole author

7. 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 you bring to your studies?
  • What personal challenges or hurdles do you anticipate having to address in order to complete the master’s program?

8. 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.

9. For international students, a minimum TOEFL of 79 or IELTS of 6.0 is required.

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Boston school code number 002222.
  2. Next, download your required Financial Aid Forms here.
  3. Check your financial aid status using WISER.
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Aroon Manoharan, Ph.D
Master's Degree
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Social and Political Sciences