36 Credits: A full‐time student taking two classes at a time will complete the program in 2 years.
Trimester, including Summers
Classes meet in person in the evenings on Mondays through Thursdays
Philip Plotch, Ph.D., Director, Master of Public Administration Program
A Master's degree in Public Administration is intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills required of successful public servants, non-profit workers, and private sector employees working towards the public good. The program will foster an environment of analysis and critique, while formulating solutions to issues addressed by public servants across all areas of nonprofit, volunteer, private business, and government service.
The courses are offered on a trimester calendar and during the summer at the Jersey City Campus.
The degree requires 36 semester hour credits. A capstone course is required and will be taken the final semester of coursework. The major component of the capstone is the completion of a research paper suitable for publication in a professional journal.
Saint Peter’s University assigns an academic advisor to every candidate.
Students are expected to enroll continuously until their programs are completed. Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress by maintaining the required grade point average and accumulating sufficient credits within the stipulated time frame of five years. By federal regulation, F-1 International students must enroll as full-time students, so their time to completion will be considerably shorter.
Curriculum - Master of Public Administration
The Masters in Public Administration program is divided into two levels, as detailed below. The 36 credit program focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for professionals in the field of Public Administration.
Introduction to Public Administration and Service
Ethics and Society
Research and Analytic Methods
Public Sector Finance and Budget
Management and Conflict Resolution
Quantitative Methods for Public Administration
Community Organizing and Development
Seminar in Social Justice
Managing Information Technology
Electives (Select One Course)
Internship (Domestic or International)
Sustainability in Public Administration
Advanced Independent Study in Public Adminstration
The University is open virtually with classes, support services, registration and business operations available online. The faculty and staff remain committed to supporting student well-being and success.