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Nursing Administration/Public Administration (MS/MPA)

The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the Baruch College School of Public Affairs offer a 57-credit program of study leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree in nursing administration and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. This dual degree MS/MPA program prepares nurses to assume positions of leadership in a variety of health care settings, systems, and agencies. The program emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to management and policy in nursing and health care.

The master's program at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( The Baruch MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (


Course of Study

The program includes core courses in nursing and public administration, electives in both schools, and specialization courses that combine advanced knowledge with 500 hours of supervised clinical experience. Course descriptions are available in the Graduate Catalog (2015-16).

Nursing Core Courses (12 credits)

NURS 700    Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 cr.)

NURS 702    Advanced Nursing Research (3 cr.)

NURS 704    Health Care Systems and Policy (3 cr.)

NURS 749    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations (3 cr.)

Baruch College School of Public Affairs Core Courses (21 credits)

PAF 9100    Introduction to Public Affairs (3 cr.)

PAF 9103    Communication in Public Settings (3 cr.)

PAF 9120    Managing Organizations in the Public and Not-for-Profit Sectors (3 cr.)

PAF 9130    Economic Analysis and Public Policy (3 cr.)

PAF 9140    Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Analysis (3 cr.)

PAF 9170    Research & Analysis I (3 cr.)

PAF 9172    Research & Analysis II (3 cr.)

Electives (9 credits)

One Nursing elective (3 cr.)

Two Public Affairs electives, such as:

PAF 9180    Policy Analysis (3 cr.)

PAF 9735    Health Politics and Policy Making (3cr.)

PAF 9123    Program Evaluation (3cr.)

Specialization Clinical Courses (15 credits)

NURS 735    Leadership & Management in Health Care I (5 cr.)

NURS 740    Leadership & Management in Health Care II (5 cr.)

NURS 745    Leadership & Management in Health Care II (5 cr.)

(These three courses require a total of 500 practicum hours)


Nursing Administration/Public Administration MS/MPA Fact Sheet (PDF)


How to Apply

Review our admission requirements for all nursing master's specializations. Information on the application process is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

When you apply to the MS/MPA program, you are applying for admission to both the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. However, you only need to submit one application (i.e., your application to Hunter). Your application will be reviewed by faculty at both schools.

GRE Waiver. Because Baruch requires GRE scores from its MPA applicants, the MS/MPA program includes the GRE as an admission requirement. However, this requirement is generally waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Assuming your GPA is 3.0 or above, please include a brief statement requesting a waiver from the GRE requirement based on your GPA.

Statement of Purpose. In addition to the statement of purpose described in our admission requirements, an additional statement is required:

Issue or Challenge–In 500-700 words, please describe an issue or challenge facing your organization, the health care system, or the nursing profession and relate how your experience and your completion of the MS/MPA program will help you to address this issue/challenge.

Deadlines. Applications are accepted for both Fall and Spring semesters. Application deadlines are April 1 for Fall Semester and November 1 for Spring Semester. Because your application must be reviewed by faculty at both Hunter and Baruch, we are unable to review applications that are not complete (application submitted and all supporting materials received) by the deadline.


For more information, please contact contact Prof. Joseph Saladino, MS/MPA coordinator, at