College of Arts & Sciences

MPA Overview

Value of a Master of Public Administration degree
MPA in Public Administration

The MPA degree offered by the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs serves students interested in careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.

The program is professional in nature, and we pride ourselves on bringing theory into practice. The program stresses development of managerial and analytical skills, as well as ethical and professional values.

All courses are scheduled for the convenience of working students, and the program is offered throughout the year, including summers and weekends. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2016.

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Seton Hall Advantages

Some of the characteristics that set Seton Hall apart from other institutions include the personal attention due to small class sizes; the close-knit graduate student community; the different resources available through the Center for Public Service and the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute; and the close proximity to New York City. For more on the advantages of the MPA program at Seton Hall, click here »

MPA News and Events

Dr. Formicola on NBC  Dr. Formicola on NBC Coverage of Pope Francis
Dr. Jo-Renee Formicola had the unique opportunity to appear on the NBC broadcast of Pope Francis's visit to New York. Learn more »
MPA Administration  Dr. Mirabella & MPA Students Help Immigrants
Dr. Roseanne Mirabella is leading a group of MPA practicum students in a creative partnership with the YMCA. Learn more »
pau MPA Student Passes Model Ordinance in Orange
Pau Aragay, a graduate student in an MPA open governance course, helped get a model ordinance passed in the City of Orange. Learn more »
Cancer Society MPA Alum Lands Job at American Cancer Society
Ana Campoverde, a recent MPA Graduate recently received employment at the American Cancer Society. Learn more »
Timberlake MPA Alumni Elected Freeholder Board

MPA Alumni Elected Freeholder Board President of Essex County. Read More »

mpa MPA Adjunct Professor Feature Speaker on Next Generation Leadership
Alex Torpey, an Adjunct Professor for the MPA program was a featured speaker at the 2014 Congressional Summit on Next Generation Leadership. Read More »
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MPA Student Interns for United Nations
Third Year dual Master's degree Student, Matthew Kuczynski had the opportunity to intern as a Public Administrations intern for the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the United Nations. Read More »

Alex Trophy Local Mayor Co-Teaches MPA Class

The mayor and chairman are co-instructors on a course for MPA graduate school. Read More »

White House  MPA Chair Part of Civic Leadership
MPA Director, Dr. Matthew Hale was recently invited to a White House gathering. Read More »
MPA   MPA Students "Do Something" Project
Right before Christmas, MPA students designed and delivered personalized gift baskets to patients stuck in St. Barnabas. Read More »

The three MPA concentration areas are as follows:

  • Nonprofit Organization Management: For those seeking an understanding of and skill development in areas such as leadership ability, board-staff relations, fundraising and grants management, volunteer management, and financial management.

  • Public Service: Leadership, Governance and Policy:For students interested in learning to manage complex policy issues in a global society, and craft creative solutions to public sector issues.

  • Health Policy and Management: For students interested in healthcare-related administration in the public and nonprofit sectors, including managing community-based health service organizations.

There is a dynamic interaction among the three concentrations that mirrors the intersecting networks of the public and nonprofit sectors. Regardless of concentration, the program provides students with the skills to take on leadership roles in their organizations and communities.

Dual Degree Program

The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy offer a dual degree program that combines the M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations with the Master of Public Administration. Applicants interested in a joint degree program must make a separate application and pay a separate fee to each program. Each program has its own application deadlines. To learn more,click here.

MPA in Public Administration Pi Alpha Alpha Naspaa

Program Chair
Matt Hale, Ph.D.

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