For those people seeking to enroll in an MPA program, in my opinion, make sure the program is accredited by a respected organization, such as NASPAA. Accreditation ensures the MPA program meets minimum standards for public administration and public policy education. However, from looking at the list of NASPAA-accredited programs on NASPAA's website www.naspaa.org
most of the schools on that list have poor national name recognition. However, as long as the programs are accredited, this fact should be more important than name recognition.
For instance, I obtained my MPA from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), not a well-known school beyond downtown Brooklyn or Long Island (its other campus is in Brookville, Nassau County and is known as the "C.W. Post Campus"). Nevertheless, LIU's MPA program is NASPAA-accredited and that's what mattered.
Another issue I want to raise is Columbia, Harvard, and Cornell all have MPA programs, which are not accredited (Harvard's MPP program is accredited); but these three schools' other programs (JD, MBA, and other degree programs) are accredited by organizations in their fields. I construe that (1) these three schools have not submitted their MPA programs for accreditation or (2) whether they are accredited does not matter. If the latter is true, then do you people here believe these three schools (and other schools that have non-accredited MPA programs) are neglecting the fields of public administration and public policy?