Master of Public Administration
The Albertus Magnus College Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a 36 credit degree program designed for working professionals seeking a long-term career working for nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or government agencies. The MPA program is based on an interdisciplinary approach that enables students to lead, implement policy, solve problems, and improve efficiency in nonprofit organizations, institutions, and different levels of government.
Offered in an accelerated format, most students can complete their M.P.A. in a year and a half while only having to take two classes at a time!
Students choose between the following:
- Online - Take one to two classes every eight weeks from the comfort of your own home. All weekly assignments are offered asynchronously, meaning you have the ability to work on them at your own time and pace.
- Blended - Take one to two classes every eight weeks through a combination of in-class sessions and online assignments. (Classes are held at our beautiful New Haven campus.) Our blended classes are arranged so you go to school one night per week; all other assignments are done from the comfort of home. Students who choose this option often enjoy the best of "both worlds" as they benefit from in-class discussion with their classmates and professors while maintaining the convenience of working on projects and assignments from home.
- FLEX - Choose to take classes in either a blended or online format. Some students are not sure of their schedules. They may want to take blended classes during one eight-week session but then sign up for online classes during another eight-week session. With our FLEX format, you can choose how you wish to take your classes every time you register for a new course!
Why an MPA Degree?
- The Nonprofit HR 2016 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey showed that the nonprofit sector is continuing to project job growth, while the private sector remains stagnant. According to the survey, 57% of nonprofits anticipated hiring at least one new employee in 2016 (a 7% increase over 2015), compared to only 36% of for-profit companies who planned to hire.
- According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonprofit sector is the third largest industry in the U.S. and there are 30,000 nonprofit organizations in the state of Connecticut.
- According to Nonprofit Quarterly (October 2016), there are considerably more people employed by business than by nonprofits—about seven times as many. But over the 2003 to 2013 period, nonprofits outpaced businesses and government in their percentage growth in employment.
The Albertus Magnus College Master of Public Administration program is intended to prepare students for productive and rewarding careers in nonprofit management and public sector organizations.
Program of Study (36 Credits)
The MPA program has two components. The first component requires seven core courses that provide a student with the basic concepts and methods of public administration. The courses offer an experiential learning opportunity in the community as well as an examination of quantitative tools for policy analysis that leads to a capstone project.
The second component requires the completion of five elective courses, all suited to the student's career interests or particular substantive area:
Required Core Courses (21 Credits)
Elective Courses (15 Credits - Choose Five)
The objectives of the MPA program are to enable students to…
- Lead and manage nonprofit and public sector initiatives;
- Participate and contribute to the policy process;
- Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
- Articulate and apply a public service perspective;
- Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry;
To enter the Master of Public Administration, applicants must submit or show proof of the following:
- A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee;
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of a 3.0 on a 4.0 system;
- Official transcripts reflecting conferral of prior degree (a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for master’s programs.) All transcripts are to be submitted from the original institutions;
- Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements;
- Two letters of recommendation from former professors and/or professional associates;
- An essay (500–600 words, double spaced) explaining professional career interests, reasons for applying to the program, and educational expectations of the program;
- For applicants who intend to use Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
- Military, university and college transcripts
- Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility
- Veteran’s Intent to Register form;
- For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 575 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based.
Albertus is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Program.