Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

  • Convenient, fully online program
  • Concentrations in nonprofit management, homeland security, health services administration, social work, and criminal justice
  • Focus on both theories and their practical applications

« See All Degrees

Public Administration at Marywood

Marywood's 30-credit online MPA program emphasizes both administrative theories and the practical skills necessary to apply those theories to the challenges that confront public and nonprofit administrators. Coursework is research-focused, which encourages students to think critically about public policy issues.

Convenient, Fully Online Program

All classes are delivered online to make them convenient for working professionals. Weekly assignments can be completed at your own pace, and you can pursue your degree full- or part-time. Textbooks are provided free of charge.

Six Concentrations for Focused Study

You can choose from six concentrations, depending on your interest:

  • General public administration
  • Nonprofit management
  • Homeland security and disaster management
  • Health services administration
  • Social work
  • Criminal justice

More About This Degree

Mr. Joe Ross
This is just a sample of our Social Sciences faculty - see them all!

A master's degree in public administration from Marywood will prepare you for a career in a variety of fields:

  • Local, state, and national government
  • Nonprofit
  • Healthcare
  • Social services
  • Law enforcement
  • Education

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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

Find Your Counselor

Stanley Kania

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2271

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff as a Graduate Admissions Counselor in August 2011. A native of Northeast PA, I am a two-time graduate of Marywood University receiving my Bachelors of Arts in Political Science/Law in 2011 and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2014. In May 2016, I began my two year term as President of PAGAP, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals. I also serve my alma mater as the 2nd Vice-President of the Marywood Alumni Association Board of Directors. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate degree in Marywood University’s Ph.D Program in Human Development focusing my studies in Organizational Leadership. My research interests include alumni engagement in collegiate recruiting, leadership in higher education, and the utilization of post-secondary institutions as incubators for entrepreneurship. My goal in obtaining my PhD is to become a college professor or an enrollment management administrator.

My interests: In my spare time, I love to golf, cook, travel, and hang out with family and friends.

My favorite thing about Marywood: There are endless opportunities for students to get involved in clubs and extra-curricular activities on both the undergraduate and graduate level.

My favorite place on campus: The Admissions Office because I have the privilege of having the best colleagues anyone can ask for.

You'd never guess: I was so indecisive as to what I wanted to major in as an undergraduate that I changed my major nine times.

My best advice: When it comes to applying for graduate school, it is important to do a few things: plan accordingly to get all materials submitted in time, visit campus and tour the academic department of your intended program, and stay in constant contact with your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

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.