Pursue your passion for public service and make a greater impact with Villanova’s Master of Public Administration (MPA). This newly online degree will prepare you to effectively lead and manage across local/state/federal government, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the non-profit sector. Through video-based e-learning, recognized scholars and practitioners will help you develop your analytical, decision-making, management and leadership skills, providing you with the knowledge you need to influence organizational change, develop programs and solve problems. You can earn the same degree as Villanova’s campus-based students – and may qualify for financial aid once you’re formally accepted into the program.*
Villanova University has been synonymous with academic excellence for generations. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Villanova as the #1 Regional University in the North - a distinction held for 20 years - and the MPA degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Villanova’s outstanding reputation derives from its accomplished faculty, comprehensive curriculum and successful graduates. Now, just like other Villanova alumni, you can prepare yourself for leadership positions in today’s globalized world with an MPA degree – 100% online. You’ll gain the tools and skills you need to position yourself for success across many sectors, careers and in-demand positions.
As a student in Villanova’s MPA degree program, you’ll gain a solid foundation of core competencies through highly interactive courses that focus on the following: strategic planning and management in the public and non-profit sectors; development and theory of public administration; creating a climate for excellence in public, non-profit and private management; communication processes that promote better intergovernmental relations and increased organizational effectiveness; public and non-profit decision-making strategies; organizational leadership in establishing and managing non-profit entities; professional ethics; lobbying, advocacy, legal and political considerations in organizational management.
Best of all, you’ll earn your industry-recognized MPA from a top-ranked university at your own pace, on your schedule. Engage in live, instructor-led virtual classes through two-way online voice communication, interact in real-time chat rooms, download MP3 and MP4 course lectures, and maximize your learning through animations and simulations. Contact a program representative toll free at 1-866-220-0017 to begin the application process.
With Villanova’s MPA program, you’ll learn:
MPA applicants must possess a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited university and have at least three years of relevant work experience. Ideal candidates include individuals experienced in the public, non-profit, military or private sectors who want to develop the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to excel within a public service position.
According to a recent Department of Education report, the Master of Public Administration is one of the most popular degrees** in the United States, and one of the most in-demand in today's labor force. Individuals earning an MPA are well prepared to succeed in the following sample fields:
Villanova alumni receiving an MPA degree have gone on to become successful leaders in public service, including roles as township manager, policy manager, city manager, lieutenant, major, emergency services executive manager and fire chief.
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* Application process required.
** U.S. Department of Education, National Center of Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS).