Villanova offers a wide range of services to support veterans and service members throughout your MPA journey.

Empowering Veterans for Leadership: Take your leadership and management skills to the next level with an MPA from Villanova University.

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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


Villanova makes it easy to use your veteran and service member benefits


Villanova University offers a range of services and resources to support veterans and service members who are students at the university. Through the dedicated team within the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members, our military and veteran students will always have a support system whether on campus or on base. The office helps with accessing benefits, connecting with campus resources, and navigating the transition to graduate school or employment after graduation. While Villanova offers financial assistance to all graduate students, veterans and service members can apply for The Yellow Ribbon Program through the Office of Veteran and Military Service Members. The Yellow Ribbon Program gives additional funds to qualifying students to aid with tuition and fees. As a service member or veteran, you may also be eligible for educational benefit programs such as the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, the Montgomery G.I. Bill, the Reserve Educational Assistance Program, the Post-Vietnam-Era Veteran's Educational Assistance Program, and others. Additionally, the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members has a dedicated team of specialists available to assist you and your needs in a range of academic disciplines, from lass registration assistance to understanding G.I. Bill requirements. 

Villanova University provides a host of resources for graduate students, including academic assistance and mentoring. Students can use many on campus resources with the help of a specialized academic support staff, in addition to on-site support centers such as the Writing Center, the Math Learning Research Center, the Center for Speaking and Presentation, and the Graduate Center for Research and Education. Graduate students can also use the Career Resource Center for assistance with preparing a professional résumé, writing cover letters, and assisting in the job search. All Villanova graduates become members of the Nova Network, with opportunities to engage with other members of the Villanova community. 


Villanova's Flexible MPA

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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 the 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