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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 (      

Requirements for Admission:

For more information on admission requirements, please click here.   

Please also see “Additional Instructions for Applicants to the MS/MPA Program” below.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing
  • Licensure and current registration as an RN in New York State
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and in nursing coursework
  • Completion of a basic statistics course and an undergraduate research course
  • Completion of an on-line application form including a personal statement and at least two relevant letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (for details, see below).
  • Two relevant letters of recommendation.

Please note that these are the minimum requirements; meeting them does not guarantee admission.

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 Hunter College Graduate Catalog.

Core Courses (33 credits)

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

N 702       Advanced Nursing Research (3cr.)                               

N 704       Health Care Systems & Policy  (3cr.)               

N 749         Health Promotion/Disease Preventionin Diverse Populations (3 cr.)

PAF 9100 Introduction to Public Affairs (3cr.)                 

PAF 9103 Communication in Public Settings   (3cr.)       

PAF 9120 Public and Nonprofit Management I (3cr.)

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

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

PAF 9170 Research & Analysis I (3cr.)

PAF 9172 Research and Analysis II (3cr.)            

Electives (9 credits)

One Nursing elective   (3cr.)

Two Public Affairs electives, such as

PAF 9180 Policy Analysis  (3cr.)                                      

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

PAF 9123 Program Evaluation  (3cr.)

Specialization Clinical Courses (15 credits)

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

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

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

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

NOTE:  N = Course is offered in the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing; PAF = Course is offered in the Baruch College School of Public Affairs

Tuition and Fees:

As a tax-supported institution, Hunter College keeps tuition and fees relatively low. For information on tuition and fees, click here.

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  • To start your application, go to the Hunter College Graduate Admissions website.
  • 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.
  • Personal statement. Your personal statement should include two parts:

- Professional Background - A description of your professional background and your reasons for applying to the Hunter-Baruch MS/MPA program.

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

  • Recommendation letters. Please include letters of recommendations from supervisors, instructors or others who can address your potential for graduate study and/or for success in a management or administrative role. Two letters of recommendations are required. You are responsible for following up to make sure that your recommenders have submitted their letters.
  • GPA.  Applications will be considered from applicants who meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement: 3.0 overall and in the major. Please note that the cumulative GPA is based on grades from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Deadline.  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.

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For further information on this program, contact Prof. Joseph Saladino, MS/MPA coordinator.  e-mail:




MS/MPA Fact Sheet