Master of Public Administration


Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea Visits Campus as a Guest Lecturer

Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea was a guest lecturer in Professor Don Goncalves’ public administration and service class on September 19. O’Dea talked about public service, his background in developing policy as well as instituting initiatives related to workforce development, housing and economic development. Asked about his role in Hudson County government and his professional […]

MPA Students Compete on Global Health Simulation in NY

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Three Master of Public Administration (MPA) students (David Caracta, Devan Tierney, and Jessica Kennedy) competed on three separate teams last weekend at a competition in New York sponsored by the the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. A total of eight teams competed to analyze a global health pandemic and present their […]

Two Prominent Community Figures and Saint Peter’s Alumnae Speak to Students About Running for Public Office

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Students in an undergraduate political science class were offered an experiential learning experience when they heard from Pamela Johnson ’13, ‘16  and Vanessa Falco ‘17, both graduates of the master of public administration (MPA) program at Saint Peter’s University about running for city council. Philip Plotch, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science and director of […]

MPA Students Present Research at Capstone Event

At the end of the spring semester, seniors in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program presented their semester-long research of local, real-world issues such as improving ESL programs in Hudson County, combating mental health stigmas on campus, 3rd grade reading in Newark, teaching 9/11 and recidivism in Jersey City’s Ward F, to name a […]

Student Named to Top 40 Under 40 List

M.P.A. student Chris Filiciello was named one of the “young movers and shakers of South Jersey” by the Atlantic City Weekly. He was honored as one of the Top 40 Under 40. Read the article here.

Students work with Jersey City Together to Bring Change

Last fall, M.P.A. students in Professor Frank McMillan’s “Community Organizing” class worked with Jersey City Together (a broad-based coalition of more than 30 religious congregations and nonprofits) to conduct research and knock on doors at buildings owned by River Edge Management (recently renamed Trendy Management). The students built relationships with tenants and they cataloged health […]

“Heroin in New Jersey: Historical Legislation and the Path Forward” Published

In October, the MPA program’s Edgar Rivera Colon published a paper “Heroin in New Jersey: Historical Legislation and the Path Forward.” Dr. Colon provides insight into New Jersey’s heroin epidemic and its attempts to combat addiction and prevent overdoses. Dr. Colon examines public policy reforms in harm reduction, prevention, and recovery.

Saint Peter’s Hosts Minimum Wage Panel


On October 11, The Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership hosted a panel on the discussion of minimum wage and the proposed $15/hour wage in New Jersey. The panel, moderated by professor Mary Kate Naatus, Ph.D., included Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, Senator Nick Sacco and Saint Peter’s own Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Professor Marilu Marcillo-Gomez, Ph.D. among others. A white paper […]

Donald Goncalves ’18 is Recognized for his Community Efforts

Donald Goncalves ’18 was recently profiled in The Washington Post in an article, “Hailed a Hero, the Homeless Man who Found New Jersey Bombs gets Apartment, Job Prospects.” Goncalves, a graduate student at Saint Peter’s, was moved by the story of a homeless man named Lee Parker and started a GoFundMe Page for him. Read […]


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