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CNR to Launch Second MPA Cohort at Burke Catholic

November 13, 2017

The College of New Rochelle is launching a second cohort of students in its Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program in February 2018 at John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY. The cohort is offered as part of a unique partnership between the two Catholic schools formed in 2015 in an effort to provide greater professional development opportunities to Orange County area residents.

Classes for the two-year program will begin in early February 2018 at Burke Catholic and will be offered in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Students can expect to complete course work by fall of 2019.

The program’s first cohort completed their coursework in summer 2017 to earn their MPA degrees from CNR, representing public, private and non-profit organizations from across the mid-Hudson Valley region.

“As a resident of Middletown, the CNR cohort at Burke Catholic was extremely convenient to both to my work and home.  The quality of the instruction at The College of New Rochelle was comparable to none. The small class size, cohort structure as well as the one-on-one attention made for a fruitful learning environment where our views were respected and challenged with no bias or judgment,” said Victor-Pierre Melendez, who received his MPA this summer.

“With the expanded awareness gained in the MPA program, I am eager to further diversify my experience across multiple industries but especially in teaching and program development in the field of higher education.”

At the time the program was launched in 2015, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of New York said, "The Archdiocese is pleased to see this collaboration of two outstanding Catholic institutions which incorporates the unique resources of each to create a new endeavor that will provide advantages to not only the students who attend the program, but the people they ultimately serve as well.”

The College's Master's in Public Administration Program provides the theoretical background, practical experience, and training necessary for a professional career in public service. Its 36-credit multidisciplinary curriculum covers topics of management and leadership, organizational theory, public policy formulation, communications theory, human resource management, budgeting and finance, and program evaluation.

For further information regarding the information session or admission to the MPA program, please contact the Director of Graduate Admissions, Michael Petri, at (914) 654-5256 or