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Graduation Rates

Data reported to NASPAA* indicates that the 33 College at Brockport MPA students who started the program in the 2014-2015 cohort had retention to graduation rates of 67% within 2 years and 79% within 4 years (and 85% graduated past the 4 year timeframe).

The MPA program has pre-admission resources for prospective students to assist in deciding if their career goals match the programmatic offerings. These include, but are not limited to, pre-admission interviews, classroom observations, and alumni interviews. In addition, mid-semester evaluations provide professors and advisors immediate data to work with students who might not be performing at the expected level.

Career Pathways

The market for “public service” careers has diversified from primarily government jobs compared to when MPA programs were emerging around the country. MPA graduates can find themselves in new and expanding roles. Alumni data from our most recent self-study* show that alumni are getting jobs! The 46 MPA students who graduated in the Academic Year 2017-2018 are employed in the following fields:

  • State government: 11%
  • City, county, or other local government: 13%
  • Non USA government: 2%
  • Nonprofit organizations: 26%
  • Private sector (research/consulting): 11%
  • Private sector (not research/consulting): 24%
  • Military service: 2%
  • Seeking further education: 2%
  • Status Unknown: 11%

*This data is from our 2018–2019 NASPAA annual report.

MPA Student Internship Sites

The Internship Experience allows MPA Students to intern for 3–6 credits.  Below are site placements of recent interns:

  • Center for Governmental Research (CGR)
  • Monroe Community College Library Partnerships Program (LPP)
  • The College at Brockport Office of International Education - International Student Services and
  • Recruitment
  • Major Crimes Unit of the Rochester City Police Department
  • City of Rochester
  • The Center for the Arts
  • The College at Brockport – Hazen Center for Integrated Health Care
  • The College at Brockport – University Police
  • The Children's Agenda
  • Seneca Park Zoo
  • Village of Batavia
  • Monroe Community College Financial Aid Office
  • St. Ann's Community
  • Rochester Housing Authority
  • Village of Ardsley
  • City of Rochester, Department of Environmental Services
  • Strong Museum of Play
  • Lifetime Assistance
  • YMCA of Greater Rochester

*Self-study data from 2018–2019.

Last Updated 7/1/20

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