The combined Bachelor-Master of Public Administration (MPA) is an accelerated degree program that is open to all undergraduate majors at Villanova University. This program is designed for undergraduate students interested in advancing in a career in the field of public service, which includes public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Students have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree with significant cost savings.

Students must have a 3.0 GPA to apply to this program and should apply in the second semester of their junior year. The application fee for the MPA program will be waived. 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.


Application Requirements

  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (uploaded on the Academic History page of the application)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Application Deadlines

  • To begin graduate courses next summer: March 15
  • To begin graduate courses next fall: March 15
  • To begin graduate courses next spring: October 15


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.