Graduation Rates

Data reported to NASPAA* indicate that the 73 SUNY Brockport MPA students who started the program in the 2016-2017 cohort had retention to graduation rates of 60% within 2 years and 71% within 3 years (and 77% 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 report show that alumni are getting jobs! The 36 MPA students who graduated in the Academic Year 2020-2021 are employed in the following fields:

  • State government: 11%
  • City, county, or other local government: 5%
  • Nonprofit organizations: 41%
  • Private sector (research/consulting): 0%
  • Private sector (not research/consulting): 27%
  • Status Unknown: 8%

*This data is from our 2021–2022 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)
  • SUNY 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
  • SUNY Brockport – Hazen Center for Integrated Health Care
  • SUNY 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
  • Unity Hospital
  • Rochester Regional Health
  • Veteran’s Service Agency
  • Jordan Health
  • United Nations Association of Rochester
  • Nature Conservancy Central and Western NY Chapter
  • Healthy Baby Network
  • Lifespan

*This data is from our 2021–2022 NASPAA annual report