Public Administration


  • Administrative and managerial skills development
  • identify important issues, analyze information, communicate findings, choose ethical action
  • Expert faculty, state-of-the art facilities

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The MPA degree is a broad area professional degree focusing on management skills. The curriculum follows National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration guidelines.

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The Administrative Studies program is located in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences. You'll find specialized computerized programs, including CAI (computer-assisted instruction) software, and interactive video capability. General word processing and statistical software is available in the lab as well.


I currently work for Community Care Behavioral Health, a managed care company.

I received my Master of Social Work degree from Marywood University in 2005. I currently work for Community Care Behavioral Health, a managed care company. As a Care Manager, I am responsible for assisting members identified at risk for recidivism, discontinuous care, or as members of priority or special needs populations who present with complex needs for coordination of their behavioral health services with other aspects of their care. 

My Master of Social Work degree from Marywood has helped me advance my career to a position in which candidates are specifically chosen based upon a targeted area of practice, supported by education, training, and experience, with expertise in the delivery of behavioral health care to a given population.

The small class settings, option to take classes on weekends, and part-time program were imperative in allowing me to work towards this degree. I value my degree and highly recommend Marywood for anyone seeking a degree in the social work field.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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M.P.A. Program

39 Semester Hours

Follows the curriculum of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (N.A.S.P.A.A.)


24 semester hours

PUB 501 Dimensions of Public Administration 3
PUB 502 Problem-Solving Methods for Modern Management 3
PUB 505 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 506 Research Theory 3
PUB 507 Organizational Dynamics 3
PUB 518 Policy and Program Analysis 3
PUB 519 Administrative Law 3
PUB 555 Professional Contribution/Research Design 0
PUB 599 Practitioner’s Seminar in Administration* 3

*Note: Any participant lacking administrative work experience is required to pursue a field internship for an additional three credit hours, for a total of 42 semester hours. A waiver request must be submitted to the program director.


15 semester hours

PUB 508 Human Resources Administration and Personnel Systems 3
PUB 510 Organizational Communication 3
PUB 511 Ethics in Management 3
PUB 512 The Grantsmanship Process 3
PUB 513 Strategic Planning 3
PUB 522 State and Local Administration 3
PUB 523 Public Sector Labor Relations 3
PUB 552 Computer Application of Social Science Data 3
PUB 579 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector 3
PUB 581 Issues of Governance in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 582 Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUB 583 Strategic Marketing 3
PUB 585 Program Assessment and Evaluation 3
PUB 598 Special Topics (Intensive short courses, variable credit)*

*A maximum of 9 hours of pass credit can be applied to M.P.A. degree requirements. Any courses within the Master of Health Services Administration degree may be used for general electives upon consultation and approval by the Program Director.