Public Administration students presenting in class

You care deeply about igniting change. So do we.

Now more than ever, public servants, steeped in ethical decision-making practices, are needed in our country and world. Our undergraduate programs in Public Service and Administration are interdisciplinary courses of study, open to students from all Colleges, that prepare students to be responsibly engaged citizens and leaders in the field of public service. We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Public Service and Administration and a Minor in Public Service and Administration.

Undergraduate students are exposed to a range of scholarly and practitioner viewpoints and encouraged to devise innovative and collaborative solutions in response to the challenging social, economic, political and cultural issues of our time. Students work in teams and independently in recommending actionable and data-driven responses that take into consideration insights from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.



A degree in Public Service and Administration opens the door to careers in a variety of industries. Below is just a sampling of the sectors where our alumni work.


  • Arts and Culture
  • Higher Education
  • Hospitals
  • Social Service Organizations
  • Foundations
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Private Schools

Government: Local, State and Federal 

  • Townships, Cities, Boroughs, Counties
  • State & Federal Agencies
  • Law Enforcement
  • Military Service
  • Public Schools

Private Sector

  • Community and Government Relations
  • Corporate Foundations
  • Benefit Corporations

Learn to be an innovative leader and engaged citizen, who strengthens the community they serve. We teach about collaborative public management in the US and abroad with a focus on the common good. So, our graduates can communicate, listen to, serve and interact effectively with diverse stakeholders in the field of public service and focus on creating equitable and inclusive policies, programs, organizations and systems.

Learn to solve public problems and advocate for policy change through critical thinking, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches to improve policy outcomes and create public value. Our students gain a practical understanding of collaborative decision making in nonprofit, government and private sector programs to create social impact.

Become a 21st century public service leader through project-based learning, internships and presentations, and develop professional relationships with leaders in the field.

Department of Public Administration
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Garey Hall, G43
Villanova, PA 19085

Contact our faculty for additional support and resources!

Theo Arapis, PhD

Lauren Miltenberger, PhD






Public Administration Careers

Villanova Public Administration alumni have diverse careers in areas such as federal, state and local government, the military, nonprofit organizations, arts and culture, professional and collegiate athletics, higher education, private schools, nongovernmental organizations, social service agencies, international relations, federal agencies, healthcare, community organizations, law enforcement, and infrastructure and transit, among others.

A Public Service and Administration degree can lead to successful careers in federal, state and local government, the nonprofit sector, as well as in the private sector.