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Marywood’s Online Master of Public Administration Program Ranked Among Best in Nation

Marywood University’s Master of Public Administration Program has been recognized as one of the best schools for online learning at the master’s level by (OMD). Marywood’s public administration programs earned top honors for overall quality, affordability, and commitment to student success. 

OMD analyzed more than 7,700 accredited universities by using data pulled from the schools themselves and from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). To be eligible for ranking, a university must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online master’s program in the ranking subject. Just 8 percent of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position. 

“Providing students with opportunities to get a master’s online is only part of our rankings,” said Kyle Darland, co-founder of OMD. “Top-ranked schools also had competitive tuition rates and/or scholarships to help drive costs down.”

Ranking at #30, Marywood University, which offers a fully online MPA program, was the only regional institution, as well as one of only two institutions in Pennsylvania, that placed. In addition to its regular online degree program, Marywood recently launched an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) Program to fast track graduate degree completion for those working in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Designed for working professionals with at least five years of post-bachelor’s degree experience, the EMPA program allows students to take graduate courses in public policy and administration without taking time off from their careers. Set to begin in the fall 2023 semester, the program is currently accepting applicants.

Learn more about Marywood’s online Master of Public Administration program, including the new EMPA program, by contacting Marywood University Admissions at or 570-348-6234.