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.
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.
Guided by Jesuit Values
The MPA program is guided by the University’s Jesuit tradition of commitment to inspiring students to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment.
Jersey City is an ideal place to study public administration because the city is small enough for students to meet and work with leading city and non-profit officials, yet it is only minutes away from Manhattan’s boundless academic, cultural, and public service institutions.
Advisors and Mentors
Students receive individual attention from experts and leaders in managing government, non-profit organizations, and corporations.
The United Nations has conferred Saint Peter’s with a special non-governmental organization status that provides students with access to policy making sessions and valuable internships around the world.
In Good Company
The MPA program draws upon its highly regarded public policy and urban studies departments.
The Office of Career Services works one-on-one with students to open the right doors for internships and permanent positions.
Notable people who have obtained an MPA include: Steven Fulop (mayor of Jersey City), Raymond Kelly (former New York City Police Commissioner), Ban Ki-Moon (Secretary General of the United Nations), Bill O'Reilly (host of the television show The O'Reilly Factor), David Petraeus (former Director, Central Intelligence Agency), and Kathleen Sebelius (former Secretary of U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services).