Suffolk's MPA program Comes to Merrimack College


April 9, 2003
For more information please contact:
Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450

BOSTON -- Suffolk University announced today that it will offer its nationally accredited Master of Public Administration degree on the campus of Merrimack College in North Andover beginning in fall 2003. The MPA program, offered through Suffolk’s Sawyer School of Management, will complement the highly successful Suffolk MBA program offered at Merrimack College. Suffolk faculty will offer the program in North Andover to accommodate the many public and non-profit professionals in the Merrimack Valley region who want to move into leadership roles within their organizations. As these public professionals climb the career ladder, they discover that they need a different skill set to increase their value to their organizations. By pursuing the Suffolk MPA these professionals with leadership potential can take advantage of a challenging, relevant and rigorous educational program.

“The applied focus of our MPA program gives our students an added advantage in the workplace,” said Richard Beinecke, Chair of Suffolk’s Public Management Department. We equip our students with academic expertise, practical advice and the leadership skills they need to get the job done. Many of our faculty are former leaders in state and local government, and some are very active practitioners in state and local government.

Alumni of Suffolk's MPA program can be found in viable leadership positions in federal, state and local government and include U.S. Congressman Marty Meehan. "Bringing this outstanding Suffolk University Program to the Merrimack Valley will prove beneficial to working men and women who want to hone their educational skills and reach a higher level of accomplishment," said Congressman Meehan, who represent the 5th congressional district and holds an MPA as well as a law degree from Suffolk University.

The Suffolk MPA program is slated to begin in September 2003 in a convenient Saturday-only morning and afternoon format — ideal for the working professional.

Students also may choose to accelerate their studies by taking classes at Suffolk’s home campus in Boston or in West Barnstable on the campus of Cape Cod Community College.

Danvers resident and former human resources administrator, Denise Casey was recruited by Suffolk University to coordinate the MPA program at Merrimack College.

Said Casey, a Suffolk MPA alumna: “The Suffolk MPA program gave me the tools I needed to enter the field of public management with confidence. It is the ideal program for anyone interested in a hands-on and pragmatic educational experience.”

To learn more about the Suffolk MPA program at Merrimack College contact:

Denise Casey
978-837-5143 or 617-573-8437,;

or contact:

Sandy Matava


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