The majority of our students are working professionals who attend classes part-time. 93 students initially enrolled in the 2014-2015 academic year. 56% of students who began their graduate studies during the 2014-2015 academic year completed the degree within two years. Meanwhile, 91% of students who began their studies in 2014-2015 completed the degree within four years or are in the process of completing degree requirements.
Why Choose Villanova's MPA Program?
For more than 30 years, the Villanova Master of Public Administration (MPA) program has prepared students to become ethical, creative, inclusive and intelligent leaders in public service through an innovative and practical curriculum, engaged faculty, community partnerships and a vibrant alumni network.
MPA Your Way.
Pursue your passion for public service your way through convenient class times, online or on campus, affordable tuition rates, and a curriculum tailored to your professional interests.
Learn more below and by reviewing our brochure.
Innovative and Practical Curriculum
Our MPA curriculum includes six required courses dealing with public administration theory, organization theory, financial management, human capital management, leadership ethics, and applied data analysis. We also offer a wide variety of three-credit and one-credit elective courses. The types of courses offered are updated to reflect trends in the study of public administration as well as faculty expertise and interests. The workshops are taught by practitioners working in areas such as local government, law enforcement, and nonprofit management.
Our MPA faculty boast a wide range of scholarly interests and offer interdisciplinary and applied approaches to public administration. Learn from leaders in the field. Our cohort of part-time faculty bring their their unique set of skills, experiences, and expertise to the classroom Learn more about our full-time and practitioner faculty on the pages below.
The MPA program has a strong internship program for students without prior management experience in the field. Some courses in our program also provide opportunities for community partnerships and experiential learning. Learn more below!
Villanova’s MPA degree is affordably priced. Our tuition is competitively priced at rates comparable to public institutions. Additionally, Villanova offers options to help finance your studies.
Designed with the working professional in mind, all three-credit courses are offered in the evening, with one-credit elective workshops offered on weekends. The MPA program also offers a fully online option. In addition, we accept applications on a rolling basis for spring, summer, and fall terms.
Vibrant Alumni Network
Our MPA alumni are well-prepared to respond to the increasing need for collaboration across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Alumni have enjoyed successful careers in federal, state, and local government, the nonprofit sector, as well as in a range of private sector career paths. Our alumni continue to support our students by serving on our Advisory Board, participating in professional development efforts, and informing our program of trends and opportunities in public service.
Eighty seven students received their MPA degree in the 2018-2019 academic year. At six months after graduation:
- Four students were employed by the federal government.
- Four students were employed in state government.
- Seventeen students were employed in city, county, or other local government in the U.S.
- Twenty eight students were employed by a domestic nonprofit organization.
- Nineteen students were employed in the private sector.
- Ten students sought further education.
- One student was employed by the military.
- The status of twelve students is unknown.