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 program 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.



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


Sal and Maria Di Stefano with sons Gerardo and Sal Jr.

“What you put in, you get out.” Online MPA student embraces Villanova community, experiential learning

Sal Di Stefano decided that if he was going to join the Villanova MPA program, he was going to immerse himself in the experience. That mindset, and the support and training from Villanova, helped him earn a second-place finish in the 2021 global NASPAA-Batten Public Policy Simulation Competition. READ MORE

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




FEBRUARY 1: For admission with funding consideration for the fall

AUGUST 1: For admission without funding for the fall

DECEMBER 1: For admission without funding for the spring

MAY 1: For admission without funding for the summer

ONLINE: Rolling with courses beginning every eight weeks

Please contact Dr. Catherine Wilson with questions related to admissions.

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NASPAA Accredited

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