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Online Master of Public Administration

Emerge Ready to Lead an Organization


39 Credits


No GRE Required

Today’s leaders need cross-sector experience and Seton Hall University's online Master of Public Administration provides exactly that. With exposure to both public and non-profit sector models, you'll be ready to tackle the challenges of running a career in civil service or a non-profit organization.

Through this program, you'll develop flexibility, adaptability, and a deeper understanding of public service and non-profit leadership. You'll explore core concepts of philanthropy, leadership, and management, then turn theory into practice
to make a difference in your community.

Seton Hall's M.P.A. program has enabled me to do literally everything I'm doing in my career and also in my volunteer work.
Heather Small, M.P.A., '05

By the Numbers

  • #18 in Nonprofit Management by U.S. News & World Report
  • #139 National Universities – U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the Best Colleges in the Nation for Your Money - CNN
  • One of America's Top Colleges - Forbes

Top-Ranked. Industry Standard. 

The M.P.A. program at Seton Hall is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administrations (N.A.S.P.A.A.). In 2020, it was ranked the nation's 18th best for Non-profit Management by U.S. News & World Report.

Recognition from these sources shows that, as a student in this program, you will earn a high-quality education that meets the national standard for public service and non-profit management.

First of Its Kind Curriculum

Our online M.P.A. curriculum is designed to follow the curricular guidelines from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council N.A.C.C.. These guidelines ensure you receive an education aligned with industry standards and needs.

Based on these guidelines, we've designed our courses to give you a better understanding of leadership, management, public finance, research and analysis, human resources, collaborative decision-making, public policy, ethics, and social advocacy.

You can harness all of that knowledge to build a successful career for yourself in public administration.

Learn more about the courses in our Master of Public Administration program.

Tap Into a Diverse Network

As part of our master's in public administration online program, you'll be paired up with a small cohort of M.P.A. candidates. The cohort model will provide support and a community-minded experience throughout your educational journey. Cohort members with more on-the-job experience often provide valuable insights into how concepts from the program could be applied out in the field.

Plus, at Seton Hall University, we do not require a GRE exam because we believe that it has the potential to lead to a less diverse student body than is required by our mission. Students from diverse academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This diversity enriches your learning experience with a multitude of viewpoints, professional histories, and network connections.

I chose an M.P.A. degree specifically because I felt it offered a very wide range of opportunities.
Alexander McDonald, M.P.A., '05

Read testimonials from students who have completed their master's in public administration online at Seton Hall.

Work With Accomplished Faculty

You'll work side by side with practice-based professors who are experts in the field. They'll provide their in-depth insights and support your progress. Your professors will include:

  • Matthew Hale, Ph.D., current N.A.C.C. president, M.P.A. program chair and associate professor
  • Naomi Wish, Ph.D., previous president of the N.A.C.C.
  • Roseanne Mirabella, Ph.D., a former president of A.R.N.O.V.A. a leading national authority on non-profit management education research

Seton Hall also regularly invites in scholar-practitioners to share their up-to-the-minute insights from public and non-profit administration. You'll learn directly from practitioners doing the work you believe in.

We've had the president of the state senate. We've had reporters from the biggest newspapers. We've had people from the assembly all come talk about the day-to-day aspects of real-world policymaking.
Matthew Hale, online M.P.A. program chair

Learn more about the accomplished experts and educators you will learn from.

Go Hands-On With a Capstone Project

The online M.P.A. program culminates in a capstone project that brings together all of the skills, knowledge, and competencies you have developed. You'll work with your advisor to tailor your capstone to fit your interests and the program's requirements while tapping into opportunities available in your community.

The capstone project is an opportunity to grow from lessons that only a hands-on experience in your community can provide. You'll transform theory into practice and demonstrate your strengths and understanding through one of three capstone options:

  • An internship
  • A group consulting project
  • An on-the-job research seminar at your place of employment

Learn more about the courses in our Master of Public Administration program.

Advance Your Career While Making a Difference

The field of public administration is competitive and dynamic, with significant opportunities for highly trained professionals. The non-profit sector has grown 20 percent in the past 10 years,* and employment opportunities are expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.**

Through practical instruction, internship opportunities, a diverse network of fellow students, and career resources, you'll be well-prepared and qualified for opportunities such as:

  • Executive director of a non-profit organization
  • Program director for an N.G.O.
  • Chief of staff for an elected official
  • City manager
  • Budget analyst
  • Social and community services manager
  • Fundraising manager

Learn more about what your career could look like with a Master of Public Administration.

An online M.P.A. from Seton Hall University prepares you with the leadership skills and cross-sector understanding you need to become an effective administrator in government, social service, higher education, non-profit health care, or general organization management.

Advance your career while making a difference. Contact an Admissions Advisor at (844) 823-1198 to learn more or request more information.


*"Nonprofit Sector Growing Faster than For-Profit," Accessed August 22, 2018, at

**"Administrative Services Managers," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed August 22, 2018, at