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The MPA at Marywood University follows the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)'s guidelines. It bridges between theory and practice while developing research and analytical skills in order for students to become effective administrators. As of Fall 2015 the MPA will be an exclusive online program. All classes will be offered online through Moodle and students can participate in the program from the comfort of their home.
Students engage in problem-solving, case studies, team work, assimilations, performance evaluation, strategic planning, and model-development in order to gain the necessary skills for leadership and administrative tasks.
Our student body consists of mid-level practitioners in public and nonprofit agencies, in addition to full-time students of both genders and all ages, nationalities and experiences.
We encourage our students to engage in local, regional, national, and international conferences and seminars and take active roles in professional organizations.
Our faculty are experienced and professional scholars recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for their publications, conference presentations, and leadership roles in various professional organizations.
Our curriculum presents the cutting edge in public policy and administrative studies while emphasizing interconnectedness, globalization, sound governance, and care for the environment. Hence our motto: "green and global." The program offers three specializations: General Public Administration, Nonprofit Leadership, and Homeland Security.