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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Drive Positive Change and Progress With an MPA Degree – Online!

Pursue your passion for public service and make a greater impact in your community with Villanova University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA). This graduate degree will prepare you to lead and manage across local/state/federal government, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the non-profit sector.

Through streaming, instructor-led lectures, 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.* The MPA degree program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

What You Need to be a Successful Public Administration Leader


Nothing looks better on your resume than a highly respected graduate degree from Villanova University. Villanova’s outstanding reputation derives from its accomplished faculty, successful graduates and comprehensive curriculum. As a student in the MPA degree program, you’ll gain a solid foundation of core competencies through highly interactive courses that focus on strategic planning and management in the public and non-profit sectors, and the development and theory of public administration, creating a climate for excellence in public, non-profit and private management, communication process that promote better intergovernmental relations and increased organizational effectiveness. Contact a dedicated enrollment representative toll free at 1-855-300-1473 to begin the application process.

Expand Your Knowledge and Enhance Your Expertise

With Villanova’s MPA program, you’ll learn:

  • The structures and dynamics of various formal and complex organizations
  • Financial management of government and non-profit organizations
  • Personnel management strategies and best practices in non-profit, private and public sector organizations
  • Statistical tools for analyzing data and conducting research
  • Leadership ethics and value-based decision-making techniques
  • The role of strategic planning and management
  • Effective management practices for city and non-profit leaders

Who Should Apply?

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.

Career Paths in Public Administration

Villanova alumni receiving an MPA degree have gone on to become successful leaders in public service and in non-profit organizations, including roles as township manager, policy manager, city manager, lieutenant, major, emergency services executive manager and fire chief.

In the Philadelphia Area?

Click here for information on Villanova’s campus-based Master of Public Administration program.

* Application process required.

Graduate Testimonials

Meet Allison Bergeron, a recent graduate of Villanova University's Online MPA program.

Ansa Yiadom discusses how he was able to balance his passion for obtaining an advanced degree and raising a growing family.