MPA RAMP Program

The Residential Administration Mentoring Program (RAMP) is a new initiative between Hilbert College and Baker Victory Services designed to provide MPA graduate students with an opportunity to intern with administrators in a non-profit organization while completing their academic requirements. The unique aspect of this initiative is that students accepted into this competitive program would be housed at the BVS facilities in Lackawanna, NY for 18 months.  The project is intended to provide an opportunity for students to mentor under an administrator within the BVS organization. Each student will work with their mentor for approximately 25 hours per week during the 18 months they are completing a master’s degree at in public administration at Hilbert College.  Students will engage in a variety of activities to include but not limited to research initiatives that meet the mission of both organizations but also the mission and learning objectives of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.  Students would be required to register for an additional 3 credits CC599 Student Internship. This course would increase the student credit requirement for program completion from 36 credits to 39 credits

Baker Victory Services

An affiliate of Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity, Baker Victory Services (BVS) is the evolution of the social programs begun in the late 1800s by Father Nelson Henry Baker. Located in Lackawanna N.Y., BVS is a non-profit charitable organization, which provides a wide range of services to children, youth, and families in need. Each year, more than 3,500 children and families of every race, color, and religion receive care from approximately 1200 full-time and part-time staff members in a number of fields including: daycare, early childhood education, school age education, residential, outpatient, adoption (both international and domestic), foster care, and dental services.  



Admission Requirements:
  • Admission is based upon past academic performance, demonstrated ability and personal characteristics.
  • Students are considered for admission without regard to their age, race, creed, sex, ethnic background, or physical handicap.
  • Proper visas and paperwork for study abroad are required prior to acceptance.
  • Students should have a strong command of both written and spoken English.
  • Students should be prepared to cover the cost of a Hilbert education without financial assistance prior to the college issuing any immigration documents.
  • In order to be considered for admission, results of a recent TOEFL exam should be submitted to Hilbert College; a minimum score of 500 (paper) or 173 (computer) is required.
  • All full-time or part-time students born on or after Jan.1,1957 are required to submit verification of immunization for mumps, rubella, and measles prior to attending college.


For more information contact The Center for Adult and Graduate Studies at 716-926-8949 or