What is Public Administration: Serving Those on the Frontlines
The Villanova graduate Public Administration programs offer academic rigor alongside a professional degree or certificate for those interested in entering, advancing in, or transitioning to a career in public service in the U.S. and abroad. 

The mission of the graduate Public Administration degree is to offer students the knowledge of values, roles, skills and practices that will help them become competent professionals capable of ethical, intelligent, inclusive and creative leadership in public service.

The Villanova graduate programs in Public Administration are fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Convenient as it is affordable, our programs offer both on-campus and fully online options. Students may pursue a graduate certificate in conjunction with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) or as a standalone option.
Take classes on campus or online! At Villanova, we value learning together, that's why even our online courses are synchronous, meaning you will meet live virtually each week with your instructor and classmates.

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Event                                  Date          Time Registration Link
Public Administration (MPA)         May 7, 2024         6 p.m. ET Register now!      
Public Administration (MPA)         June 6, 2024         12 p.m. ET   Register now!      
Public Administration (MPA)         June 25, 2024         5 p.m. ET Register now!      
Public Administration (MPA)         July 10, 2024         3 p.m. ET Register now!      



Acquire the skill of value-based decision making through class discussions, readings and assignments.

Learn from faculty and peers with a wide range of scholarly and applied approaches to public administration.

Understand, analyze and apply best practices for effective city or nonprofit management.

Cultivate a network of faculty, peers and alumni who will impact the course of your professional life.

Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

Read the Notices for Distance Education Students

Department of Public Administration
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
St. Augustine Center, Suite 205
Villanova, PA 19085

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The Leaders' Lounge

screenshot of the MPA Leaders' Lounge blog

Check out the MPA program's Leaders' Lounge blog for student, alumni and faculty profiles, events and resources and links to the program newsletter and social media.


MARCH 1: For admission with funding consideration for the FALL

AUGUST 1: For admission without funding for the FALL

DECEMBER 10: For admission without funding for the SPRING

MAY 1: For admission without funding for the SUMMER

NOTE: On-campus classes are 16-week terms. Online classes are 8-week terms. Funded students must be able to complete assistantship requirements on campus.

Please contact Dr. Adam Kuczynski with questions related to admissions.

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