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Online Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management

Make a Difference


“The [Master of Public Administration] program helps you find the ways you want to help other people.” – Ryan Stetz, student

42 Credits


No GRE Required

NASPAA Accreditation

Today, non-profit leaders need cross-sector experience, and Seton Hall University’s online Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management 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 non-profit organization.

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

You’ll emerge from this program ready to run an organization, work across sectors, and elevate your community.

By the Numbers

  • #17 in Nonprofit Management by U.S. News & World Report
  • #124 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 2018, it was ranked the nation’s 17th best for Nonprofit Management by U.S. News & World Report.

Recognition from these sources show 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. in Non-Profit Management 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’s 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. 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 loved the sense of community that I felt when I was here. We were a small cohort. We had a lot of time studying and working on projects together. And some of them are still my closest and dearest friends.” – Heather Small, 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 nonprofit 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 folks who are out there doing the work you believe in.

“We’ve had the president in 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 policy making.” – 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

This program culminates in a capstone project that brings together all of the skills, knowledge, and competencies you 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 near you.

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’s of public administration.

Advance Your Career While Making a Difference

The field of public administration and non-profit management 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 by 2026.

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

  • 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’s in public administration degree.

SOURCES: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 501ctrust

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, higher education, nonprofit health care , or general non-profit organization management.

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