From Service to Career Success: Take your leadership and management skills to the next level with an MPA from Villanova University.

Build upon your military service experience and acquire the skills needed to assume leadership roles and advance your career opportunities.

Military Service Members

The Villanova Master of Public Administration (MPA) is an innovative and practical program that prepares students to develop the skills they need to become ethical, creative, inclusive and intelligent leaders in public service. The primary goal is to provide you with the information and abilities you’ll need to excel in a variety of careers including government, non-profit and private sector jobs. Villanova's MPA program requires 36 or 39 credits, depending on whether you have three years of professional experience, in which case the internship credit may be waived. The program can be completed in two years and classes are offered both on-campus and online.As a student, you will develop practical leadership skills by taking courses on topics such as public administration and organization theory, human capital management and leadership ethics.


  • Military and veteran benefits
  • 36 or 39-credit degree can be completed in as little as two years
  • Online, on-campus and hybrid learning formats


  • Three professional graduate certificates to distinguish you from colleagues
  • Financial assistance available
  • Access to our robust alumni network



Hands-On Public Administration

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Impact Your Community

Join Villanova MPA's service-focused community to become an ethical, inclusive and intelligent leader. Our graduates work to address social and economic issues that affect the public, such as poverty, healthcare, and education. Join a NASPAA-accredited program built on your values to ignite positive change for a better world.   

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Take Practice Beyond Theory

Our innovative, interdisciplinary MPA degree offers hands-on opportunities to take practice beyond theory. Make an immediate impact by exploring classes in ethics, financial management, strategic planning and more. Our MPA program offers a hands-on learning approach that allows students to gain practical experience and develop necessary skills.



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Custom, Convenient, Connected

Earn your MPA your way— online, on campus or hybrid. Our online experience includes live and synchronous classes. We also offer three graduate certificates, which can be completed as a standalone credential or as a launch point to the full MPA. Join a supportive community working together to make a difference in the world.  

“If you are interested in government service at any level, the MPA program at Villanova is a great choice. While the MPA curriculum is primarily focused on state and local government, many of the lessons I learned have applied fully or in part to my service at the federal level as well. Villanova is also extremely veteran friendly, they made utilizing my tuition assistance very easy and have a great veterans office on campus. There is also a great community of Villanova Alumni that will benefit you after completing the program. More active, guard, and reserve Soldiers in our ranks who have studied Public Administration will benefit the military services, the Department of Defense, and the whole of government."

Major Taylor E. Picone ’22 MPA | United States Army