Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

University at Albany (SUNY)
Albany, NY


Details at a Glance

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Our Program

#1 public university for public affairs in the northeast! 98% career placement and unmatched tuition value located in the heart of state government.

Established in 1947, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany is proud to be recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top schools in the country. Talented students come to Rockefeller for the knowledge and tools to make a difference in the world. With over 20 specializations within public affairs, international affairs and political science and passionate and renowned faculty, our students are proud to be part of the Rockefeller tradition of producing change makers and leaders across the public, private and non-profit sectors. We offer top ranked programs like nonprofit management, information technology management, policy analysis and public finance. Rockefeller offers innovative concentrations like International Development Administration, Environmental Policy & Politics, Education Policy, Crime & Justice Policy, Homeland Security, Health Policy, Human Resource Management and Public Economics. The curriculum, paired with local, state, national or international internship opportunities prepares students to be dynamic leaders who will shape the public policies of the future.


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Application Deadline

Master's Programs (MPA, MIA, MA):

Fall funding deadline: February 1

Fall Regular Admission: July 15

Spring Admission: December 1

PhD Programs:

Public Administration, Fall: January 1

Political Science, Fall: February 1

Graduate Certificate Programs:

Fall: August 1

Spring: December 1

Student Body

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Clubs & Associations

300+ student organizations open to all students and several organizations dedicated to students in Rockefeller. We focus heavily on building a cohort with a comprehensive week long orientation leading up to the start of classes and assist students with extensive student services, career and alumni support.

UAlbany is home to approximately 5000 graduate students across three campuses. Rockefeller students call our downtown campus home; a cozy brick and ivy building cluster just steps away from the capitol.

What Our Students Say

  • One of the most valuable aspects of the public finance curriculum at Rockefeller was its practical approach to real world situations. We looked at actual organizations' financial issues in real time. My edge in the workplace has been my familiarity with the different tasks at hand from day one.

    Tolulope Bamwo, MPA ‘14
  • Rockefeller College launches careers. The meaningful connections I made with my peers and faculty members, the number of substantive homeland security internships I had, and the practical skills in Microsoft Excel and quantitative analyses I learned in the classroom not only helped to connect me with my first professional employer but also helped me land the job!

    Tina S. Change, MPA ‘14
  • The MPA at Rockefeller helped prepare me for work in the public sector more than I could have ever imagined. Things that were daunting before, such as analyzing a budget or policy research became some of my favorite things I learned. I felt well prepared to enter the public service workforce after my time here. I use the skills I learned at Rockefeller every day, most of the time without even realizing that I'm doing it.

    Amy Sheldon, MPA ‘18

Tuition & Financial Aid

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