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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. The mission of this graduate degree program is to help you become a successful professional capable of ethical, intelligent and creative leadership in public service. You’ll gain a solid foundation of core competencies through highly interactive courses focusing on strategic planning and management, preparing you to lead across local/state/federal government, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the nonprofit sector.

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 nonprofit organizations
  • Personnel management strategies and best practices in nonprofit, 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 nonprofit leaders

What You Need to Be a Successful Public Administration Leader

Nothing looks better on your resume than a highly lauded graduate degree from Villanova University, which has built a stellar reputation through its accomplished faculty, successful graduates and comprehensive curriculum. Experience these yourself by earning your MPA 100% online. You may qualify for financial aid once you’re formally accepted into the degree program.*

Tailor Your MPA Program With a Specialization

Once enrolled in the MPA program, you will have the option to choose a specialization that will allow you to focus on a specific area of interest. Choosing from one of the offered specializations will not only allow you to narrow your area of study while earning your MPA degree, but you will also be earning a graduate certificate in whatever specialization you choose without having to complete any additional courses. Specializations include:

Build MPA Experience 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.


* Application process required.

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