The Suffolk MPA is more than a degree. It’s an experience. It’s about making connections in the public service community, developing as a professional with the guidance of alumni mentors, and networking with classmates who may become your future colleagues.

Enrich your graduate education by putting theory into practice. Participate in career-building activities and the mentoring and networking programs offered. Our alumni describe these programs as an important resource for making professional connections and creating career opportunities.

Meet with your advisor and learn more about possible career tracks.

Career Options

Public service career options range widely, and include:

  • Education
  • Environmental Protection
  • Fire Fighting
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Transportation
  • Public Housing
  • Town Planning
  • Waste Management
  • Water Supply
  • Gas and Electrical Supply
  • Healthcare
  • Social Services
  • Local, State, Federal Government

Mentoring

Whether you’re a full-time or part-time MPA student, the Mentor Program will connect you with Suffolk alumni and friends who are professionals in the public service, non-profit and healthcare administration sectors.

These mentor relationships give you insight into career and leadership development and help you gain a deeper understanding of your career path.

To participate in the Mentor Program, complete the Mentor Contact Form. You will be matched with a mentor in September. Mentor pairs meet one-on-one at least once a month from September through May.

The following are just a few of the mentors who have participated in this program:

  • David Abdoo, Media and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Paul Casey, State Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Michelle Donaher, Director, Female Offender Services, Massachusetts Department of Corrections
  • Douglas Gutro, President, Quincy City Council
  • Patrick Jordan, Chief Operating Officer, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Elaine Sudanowicz, Deputy Commissioner/Interagency Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness
  • Roger Wellington, Director, F.S. Operations and Abundant Table, Pine Street Inn
  • Stephen White, Division Director, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Submit the Mentor Contact Form to Leann Baldwin at mpa@suffolk.edu or fax to: 617-573-8062.

For More Information:
mpa@suffolk.edu
Phone: 617-573-8330

Networking

The MPA Student Association

The MPA Student Association gets you involved and feeling connected on campus.

The community-building organization promotes interaction and networking among current students, alumni, and incoming Suffolk MPA students. The association also provides post-graduation employment assistance through networking; and cooperates in joint representation with faculty, MPA students, and MPA alumni to coordinate and unify activities and services of the university.
Email the MPA Student Association at mpasa.suffolk@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page for more information.

Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration

Mass ASPA promotes professionalism in the public sector by providing networking events and special classes for those employed and interested in public and nonprofit organizations. 

Mass ASPA joins with local universities, nonprofits, and others to present the latest in research, best practice, and hot topics in public administration, offering members and the public several free educational programs throughout the year. 

Follow Mass ASPA on Facebook and Twitter and sign up on their email list.