Programs of Study
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
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
Dr. Deborah HokienProgram Director, Ph.D. Program in Administration & Leadership/MPA
Traci GreeningSecretary Part-time, Ph.D. Program
Dr. Art ComstockAssociate Professor, Business/Global Innovation
(570) 348-6211 x2449
Dr. Alice McDonnellFull Professor, Administrative Studies
(570) 348-6211 X 2406
Sr. Gail CabralFull Professor, Psychology/Counseling
(570) 348-6211 X2346
Dr. Alexander DawoodyAssistant Professor, Administrative Studies
Dr. Lee HarrisonFull Professor, Nutrition/Dietetics
(570) 348-2611 X2303
Dr. Philip JenkinsAssociate Professor, Philosophy
(570) 348-6211 X2972
Dr. Alan LevineFull Professor, Nutrition & Dietetics
Dr. Erin O'HoraLecturer, Nutrition & Dietetics
Dr. Amy Paciej WoodruffAssistant Professor, Coordinator, MS Higher Education Administration Program
Dr. Joseph A. PolizziAssociate Professor, Education
(570) 348-6211 X 2497
Dr. Karen RichAssociate Professor, School of Social Work/Administrative Studies
(570) 348-6211 X2395
Dr. Lia Richards PalmiterDirector of Diversity, Lecturer,, Administration & Leadership
Dr. Pietro SassoLecturer (Adjunct), Administration & Leadership
Dr. Christopher J. SpeicherAssociate Professor, School Business/Global Innovation, Organizational Leadership
(570) 348-6211 X2666
Dr. Matthew CaputoLecturer (Adjunct), Administration & Leadership
Dr. Diane DellaValleAssociate Professor, Nutrition & Dietetics
(570) 348-6211 X2477
John M. Hart, III, Esq.Lecturer (Adjunct), Administration & Leadership
Dr. John RisboskinLecturer (Adjunct), Education
Dr. Richard ClarkLecturer (Adjunct), Education
Dr. Lori SwanchakClinical Director, Physician Assistant
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
- Social services
- Law enforcement
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
- Official, sealed transcripts
- Two or three letters of recommendation
Find Your Counselor
Lauren TokashGraduate Admissions Counselor
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 was born and raised in Moscow, PA and currently reside in Jermyn, PA with my husband and our dog, Copper.
My interests: I love to be with my family and friends! During the summer I spend most of my free time on my family’s boat at Lake Wallenpaupack. It truly is one of my favorite places to be. I also enjoy doing anything outdoors, traveling, and venturing to new places to eat.
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 School of Architecture is my favorite. The converted building is very impressive!
You’d never guess: I love to go fishing, especially for trout! I always get an interesting reaction from people when I inform them of this. I have formed a great bond with my dad and husband while fishing and will continue to be by the stream every opening day in April!
Best advice: Ask questions! This is YOUR investment and YOUR future, you want to make sure you get it right. 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.