Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares you for a rewarding, high impact career in government, nonprofit organizations, international institutions and private sector businesses that are dedicated to the public good. Learn the management and leadership skills necessary to design and implement real world solutions to the problems that matter most.

Today’s public and nonprofit leaders require an increasingly sophisticated set of skills and expertise to respond to the opportunities and challenges associated with globalization, income inequality, technological advances, and the public sector’s shifting role. Learn to analyze data, design new initiatives and programs, develop budgets, manage teams, and lead complex organizations.

Program Overview

The Master of Public Administration at Saint Peter’s University offers a rigorous course of study with an emphasis on quantitative and qualitative skills. Students learn how to pursue the public interest effectively and ethically with a strong sense of sensitivity and equity. Courses in the 36-credit Master of Public Administration program are taught in the evening so that they are accessible to working professionals. The program operates on a trimester schedule allowing full-time students to complete the program in one year and part-time students in two years.


Career opportunities in public administration include: city managers and mayors, directors of federal, local and state agencies, leaders of non-profit organizations, policy analysts and researchers, community organizers, economic development officials, municipal budget directors, planners and investigators, as well as auditors and inspectors.