Academic Programs of Study

Public Administration

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

  • Completely online with full- or part-time options.
  • Dynamic teaching methods designed for learning adults and effective graduate studies
  • Outstanding and experienced faculty, including Fulbright Scholars.
  • MPA/MSW dual degree program opportunities

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Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Marywood

Advance the Common Good with a Master of Public Administration Degree

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Marywood University is recognized among the best in the nation. The program provides a broad understanding of the principles, processes, goals, and problems of administering public services, with special emphasis on the political realities of public sector management.


The program is an exclusive online 30 credit hours that follows the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration's accreditation guidelines. The curriculum combines evidence-based research, applied theory, and practical skill development in order to prepare students for conceptual, analytical, and ethical applications of administrative solutions to problems. 

Our Goal

Our goal is to prepare students for challenging emergence in public administration as effective and innovative administrators equipped with practical and real-world experiences, and to train them with the needed skills, evidence-based research and theoretical framework in order to tackle the complex environment of public affairs. The program affords students with opportunities to get involved in public affairs as soon as they begin the program, focusing on civic engagement and public responsibilities on local, national and international levels. 

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The MPA degree is both marketable and professional. It prepares students for management careers in
public, health, and nonprofit organizations on local, state, national and international levels. Examples of
these organizations:

  • City, county, state, and federal government 
  • Global governance
  • Nonprofit organizations 
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Police departments and federal law enforcement agencies
  • Relief agencies (local, county, and national levels)
  • Emergency response agencies (local, county, and national levels

Specific Program Requirements

Specific Program Requirements

Admission to theThe Master of Public Administration is based on open enrollment. The program seeks to attract a diverse student body, who manifest superior academic achievement, a sensitivity to research inquiry, and evidence of the potential for administrative leadership in their respective careers.

Admissions Requirements:

An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning is required for admission, in addition to the following:

  • Complete the online application for admission at
  • Submit official, sealed transcripts of all your academic work.
  • When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
  • Send two or three letters of reference from individuals who know you in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where you have served as a volunteer or in another capacity. We look for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.
  • A personal statement no more than 500 words (or two double spaced pages) answering the question, “Why do you want to earn an MPA degree?” You may describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any features of your background that might be of an interest to the program. Commitment to public or nonprofit administration, as well as ability to communicate in writing, is strongly recommended.
  • Submit a resume that outlines a summary of your professional and educational experiences.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (only for students whose primary language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-taught university).


Admissions Requirements for MPA/ MSW Dual Degree Program »

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

Lauren Tokash

Assistant Director of Graduate & International Admissions
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2271

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions team in February 2018.  I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology.  I'm also a very proud Mom to my daughter, Vera.

My interests: I love spending time with my family and friends.  During the summer I spend most of my free time at Lake Wallenpaupack.  Whether I'm boating, swimming, or fishing, it's one of my favorite places to be!

My favorite thing about Marywood:  Everyone is so pleasant and welcoming.  From the faculty and staff to the students, you can’t walk around campus without getting a friendly hello.  

My favorite place at Marywood: The entire campus at Marywood is beautiful. But, if I had to narrow it down, I would say the Learning Commons.  Whether it is enjoying a Starbucks tea or just taking in the beautiful view of the mountains, it is a cozy place to be.

You’d never guess: I like to go trout fishing.  It's something I get to enjoy doing with my Dad and Husband and will continue to be by the stream every opening day in April!     

Best advice: Ask questions! This is your investment and your future.  Whether you are confirming the application process with your admissions counselor or learning more about the field from faculty, don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions you may have. 

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An exclusive 30-credit MPA program is completely online and provides students with helpful and relevant
approaches that integrate academic elements with practical skills. The curriculum is designed for full-time
and in-career students who come from different geographical areas, from within the United States and
throughout the world, as well as from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds.

Core Courses (15 credit hours):

PADM 501: Principles of Public Administration
PADM 502: Public Policy Analysis
PADM 503: Human Resource Management
PADM 504: Research Methodology
PADM 505: Public Budgeting and finance

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Capstone (3 credit hours)

PADM 600: the LEAD Project