Student with laptops sitting in a graduate Public Administration class.

Students in the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the College of Professional Studies (CPS) can enter combined Bachelor-Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs that enable them to complete the master's degree at an accelerated pace and reduced cost. These programs are designed for undergraduate students interested in advancing in a career in the field of public service, which includes public, private and nonprofit organizations.


Students must have a 3.0 GPA to apply to this program and should apply in the second semester of their junior year. For this combined program, students can take up to nine credits of graduate courses during their senior year, which will count towards both their Bachelor and MPA degrees. Students have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree with significant cost savings.



The combined BIS-MPA or BA-MPA program offers exemplary students majoring in Public Service Administration, Leadership, Organizational Development & Management, or General Studies in the College of Professional Studies the opportunity to continue their study at the graduate level. As a BIS/MPA or BA/MPA student, you will earn your MPA (Master of Public Administration) in conjunction with a BIS or BA degree in an abbreviated timeframe.