Mission Statement, Goals, and Learning Objectives



The mission of the online Master of Public Administration program at Marywood University is to provide a high-quality education in public policy and administration to graduate students by developing their research skills applicable to theory and practice, engaging them in community service to support diversity and democratic principles, and in nurturing them become innovative and ethical leaders. 



  1. Cultivating service to community and focusing on the public interest while emphasizing transparency, accountability, and ethical standards.
  2. Applying critical thinking and problem-solving approach in addressing emerging issues in the public forum.
  3. Establishing competency of theory and applied research in public and non-profit organizations.
  4. Developing interpersonal skills and professional capacity for authentic communication with a diverse population. 



  1. Students will be able to studying public policy and administration through evidence-based and applied research in support of collaboration between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
  2. Students will be able to use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies to evaluate data, form objective recommendations, and communicate results to diverse audiences.
  3. Students will be able to think critically, synthesize information, analyzing empirical data, and offer sound solutions within a complex and changing settings.
  4. Students will be able demonstrating the ability to formulate proposals at community levels while promoting diversity, transparency, accountability, and equity.
  5. Students will be able to promote culturally competent decision-making process in public service while demonstrating knowledge of best practices in decision-making.
  6. Students will be able to write research papers that identifies a problem statement, illustrates a thorough literature review, and analyzes data by using qualitative, quantitative or mix methodology and then recommending recommendations communicable to diverse audiences. This will include successfully writing sole-authored thesis projects that examine emerging issues in public affairs and administration.