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Online Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management

Learn with Focus. Lead with Purpose.

As public-sector leaders' careers continue to shift between the government, business and non-profit sectors, they require the expertise to operate successfully across all realms. The online Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Non-Profit Management from Seton Hall University provides these skills. This M.P.A. degree program provides a deeper understanding of how you can address the injustices you see in the world.

NASPAA AccreditationYou will develop the foundation and tools you need to turn theory into practice and make a difference as a versatile non-profit leader whose skills are transferable across sectors.

42 Credits

Complete in:


Under Three Years

The Seton Hall M.P.A. is a NASPAA-accredited program. The online MPA focuses on non-profit management, integrates government elements into each of the courses. In a curriculum mapped to Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) guidelines, you will learn through courses in nonprofit leadership and management, public finance, research and statistical analysis, human resource management, collaborative decision making, public policy, ethics, and social advocacy.

You will gain an understanding of the philanthropic sector as well as develop skills in areas that include social entrepreneurship, leadership and management, board staff relations, fundraising, volunteer management, and grantsmanship.

You will graduate with the knowledge and skills you need to effectively run and manage non-profit and government organizations to create positive societal change. This highly respected program, which ranked #17 nationally for Non-Profit Management from U.S. News & World Report, will prepare you to effect positive change as a non-profit leader.

Acquire the tools and skillsets to turn proven theory into practice. Learn to effectively operate and manage organizations focused on elevating communities and society.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this online M.P.A. degree program, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary and cross-sector nature of public service.
  • Build the ability to manage across the traditional public service boundaries that often exist between the private and public non-profit sectors.
  • Recognize the importance of collaboration, openness and transparency in public service problem solving.
  • Learn to apply collaborative models of leadership, management and service.
  • Gain an understanding of the importance and core centrality of adhering to the highest ethical standards in performing public service duties.
  • Challenge your existing ethical beliefs and values while developing an understanding of those with different ethical perspectives.

By the Numbers

  • #17 in Nonprofit Management by U.S. News & World Report
  • #118 National Universities – U.S. News & World Report
  • 2 Years to Degree Completion
  • One of the Best Colleges in the Nation for Your Money - CNN

Why Choose Seton Hall’s M.P.A. Program?

  • A focused curriculum: Study with a holistic focus on non-profit management to build a deep understanding of how to lead in both the private and public non-profit sectors.
  • Accredited: Learn in a program that is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and mapped to the curriculum guidelines of the Non-profit Academic Centers Council (NACC). Receive a public service education aligned with industry standards and needs.
  • Mentorship: Gain exposure to a variety of career paths and define your areas of interest with the guidance of a dedicated alumni mentor.
  • Practical learning: Develop practical management skills through a capstone practicum project or research seminar. Complete assignments under a public service, non-profit, arts or healthcare administrator.
  • #17 nationally for Non-Profit Management – U.S. News & World Report
  • One of America’s Top Colleges – Forbes
  • One of the Best Colleges in the Nation for Your Money – CNN Money

Build a career. Make a difference.

The field of public administration will feature an estimated 493,900 replacement jobs and 315,800 new jobs from 2012 to 2022, creating significant opportunities for highly trained professionals in this competitive, dynamic field. Through practical instruction, dedicated mentorship from a current professional, internship opportunities and other career resources, Seton Hall prepares students to make the most of their post-graduation job opportunities.

Sample job titles that your M.P.A. in Non-Profit Management degree could qualify you for include:

  • Executive Director of a Homeless Shelter
  • Program Director for an NGO
  • Chief of Staff for a U.S. Senator
  • City Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Social and Community Services Manager
  • Fundraising Manager

An online M.P.A. in Non-Profit Management from Seton Hall University prepares you with the leadership skills and sector understanding you need to become an effective administrator in government, social service, museums, higher education, health care or non-profit management. Advance your career while making a difference. Contact an Admissions Advisor at (844) 823-1198 to learn more or request more information.