Academic Programs of Study

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

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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

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Teaching Faculty

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Dr. Art Comstock

Associate Professor, Business/Global Innovation
(570) 348-6211 x2449
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Dr. Deborah Hokien

Professor, Ph.D. Program in Administration & Leadership/MPA
(570) 348-6279
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Dr. Alice McDonnell

Full Professor, Administrative Studies
(570) 348-6211 X 2406

Dr. Tammy Brown

Associate Professor, Education
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Sr. Gail Cabral

Full Professor, Psychology/Counseling
(570) 348-6211 X2346
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Dr. Lee Harrison

Full Professor, Nutrition/Dietetics
(570) 348-2611 X2303
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Dr. Philip Jenkins

Associate Professor, Philosophy
(570) 348-6211 X2972
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Dr. Alan Levine

Full Professor, Nutrition & Dietetics
(570) 348-6290
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Dr. Erin O'Hora

Lecturer, Nutrition & Dietetics
(570) 961-4556
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Dr. Amy Paciej Woodruff

Assistant Professor, Coordinator, MS Higher Education Administration Program
Ext. 2318
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Dr. Joseph A. Polizzi

Associate Professor, Education
(570) 348-6211 X 2497
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Dr. Karen Rich

Associate Professor, School of Social Work/Administrative Studies
(570) 348-6211 X2395
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Dr. Lia Richards Palmiter

Director of Diversity, Lecturer,, Administration & Leadership

Dr. Pietro Sasso

Lecturer (Adjunct), Administration & Leadership
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Dr. Christopher J. Speicher

Associate Professor, School Business/Global Innovation, Organizational Leadership
(570) 348-6211 X2666

Dr. Matthew Caputo

Lecturer (Adjunct), Administration & Leadership
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Dr. Diane DellaValle

Associate Professor, Nutrition & Dietetics
(570) 348-6211 X2477
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John M. Hart, III, Esq.

Lecturer (Adjunct), Administration & Leadership
(570) 689-1529

Dr. John Risboskin

Lecturer (Adjunct), Education

Dr. Richard Clark

Lecturer (Adjunct), Education
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Dr. Lori Swanchak

Clinical Director, Physician Assistant
(570) 961-4711
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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

Lauren Tokash

Graduate 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'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.