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Master of Public Administration (MPA) With a Specialization in City Management

Influence Positive Change in Local Government With a Master’s Degree 100% Online

Earning a Master of Public Administration degree from Villanova University empowers you to fulfill your passion for public service and make a greater difference in the lives of others. When you choose to tailor your master’s program with the City Management specialization, and you will also earn a Graduate Certificate in City Management – without completing any additional courses.

Maximize Your City Management Expertise

Villanova’s MPA with a specialization in City Management allows you to focus your degree on your specific career goals in local government and city management. Here are some of the specific topics that will be covered as part of this program:

  • City and suburban government in metropolitan areas
  • Governmental form, city-suburb relations, race and ethnic relations, and economic change
  • Financial management of city government and nonprofit organizations
  • Leadership ethics and value-based decision-making techniques
  • Personnel management strategies and best practices in nonprofit, private and public sector organizations

Secure the Credentials You Need to Become Successful in City Management

Become more competitive for high-level roles with a highly respected master’s degree from Villanova. The University’s superior reputation stems from its accomplished faculty, successful graduates and comprehensive curriculum. Experience these yourself – 100% online – in the MPA with a specialization in City Management program.

Build Public Administration Expertise Without a Master’s Degree

Villanova also gives you the option to earn a graduate certificate as a standalone credential. If you’re not interested in enrolling in the full MPA program, all three graduate certificates give you valuable skills and knowledge you can apply immediately at work. Choose from:

Academic Policies

Academic policies for the Human Resource Development and Public Administration graduate programs offered through the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova University are available here.

In the Philadelphia Area?

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


* Application process required.

Students can only use courses completed to fulfill requirements of one degree and one certificate program. Students cannot earn more than one certificate.

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