Master of Public Administration

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The Master of Public Administration degree program at Saint Peter’s University is a great way to prepare for a high impact career doing work about which you are passionate. This 36-credit program is designed for professionals who desire to play a critical role in solving public policy challenges.

You will develop a deep understanding about how policy is made and implemented so that you can effect change. You will learn the language and tools of leadership by gaining familiarity with basic concepts in economics, statistics, and budgeting. You will have a chance to hone your critical thinking, problem solving, writing, and presenting skills. Most importantly, you will grow your network by building relationships with like-minded individuals who are committed to impacting the lives of others for the better.

Program Benefits

Located in Jersey City, Saint Peter’s 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.

Students work closely with professors who combine academic expertise with years of professional experience and learn to analyze data, design new initiatives and programs, develop budgets, and manage teams. Our graduates learn to lead individuals, teams, and social change organizations successfully. The MPA program is designed to make graduate education available and accessible.

Full‐time students taking two classes at a time will complete the program in 2 years

Master of Public Administration Course HighlightsCourse Highlights

  • Introduction to Public Administration and Service
  • Research and Analytic Methods
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Public Sector Finance and Budgeting
  • Public Policy
  • Community Organizing and Development
  • Managing Information Technology

Career Outlook

MPA graduates obtain jobs that require them to administer programs, prepare and implement policies, manage people, analyze information, serve as consultants, and act as agents of the public interest.

MPA graduates often have careers as:

Leaders of non-profit organizations Community organizers
Elected officials Economic development officials
Legislative or gubernatorial staff Municipal budget directors
Policy advisors and analysts Lobbyists
City managers Community relations specialists
Directors of federal, state and local agencies Planners

Why Saint Peter’s University?

Master of Public Administration Course HighlightsSaint Peter’s University, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, strives to educate a diverse community of learners who will excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing environment.

The Master’s and Doctoral programs are designed to make graduate education available and accessible. With flexible learning opportunities online, hybrid and on-campus—we make coming back to the classroom an attainable goal. Expert faculty offer real-life experiences in the classroom to ensure maximum learning potential.

In addition, the Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning provides students with one-on-one advising and encouragement throughout their education.