Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about Seton Hall University’s online M.P.A.
What is a Master of Public Administration?
A graduate-level degree that prepares you for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors, with an emphasis on governance and public service. The skills you develop in this program also apply to roles in private sector companies that interact with public service organizations.
Is the Master of Public Administration worth it?
Through this program, you will gain skills that are applicable across sectors, with a deeper understanding of how to influence your community as an effective, impactful public servant. You’ll turn theory into practice and make a difference.
Employment opportunities in this field are projected to increase by 7 percent by 2028, depending on the industry. With a master’s degree, you will be qualified for 75 percent of jobs in public administration, versus 50 percent of jobs for applicants with a bachelor’s degree.*
Learn more about career opportunities for master’s in public administration graduates.
Why should a non-profit professional get an M.P.A.?
Making a difference as a nonprofit leader requires a systems approach and the ability to both understand and collaborate with those in the public sector. The experience you’ll gain with an online M.P.A. will prepare you to take on the complex challenge of creating lasting, positive change—whatever your mission.
What can I do with a Master of Public Administration?
You will be qualified for a myriad of employment options, whether your passion is in nonprofit management and program development, volunteer management, or fundraising. Possible job titles include executive director (median salary $75,011), program director at a nonprofit ($58,057), and social and community services manager ($64,680).
Learn more about career opportunities available to graduates of a master’s in public administration program.
What if I want to get involved in public administration instead of non-profit management?
You can. The principles and models explored through the online M.P.A. program are applicable throughout the public sector. Wherever your career takes you, you’ll be prepared to lead and make a difference.
What are the admissions requirements for this program?
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. Your acceptance will be based on criteria that include:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Statement of purpose
- 3 letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic source)
- 3.0 GPA
- There is no GRE required
- TOEFL score of 85 and a World Education Services (WES) transcript analysis
These criteria are designed to ensure our student body is diverse. We aim to expose our students to a wide variety of viewpoints and perspectives to prepare you for the plethora of experiences you might have within the field of public administration.
How long will the program take to complete?
The M.P.A. program typically takes 2 years to complete.
Is there a campus residency requirement?
No. The degree is fully online, with no residency or campus visits required.
What is the cost of tuition for the program?
The 39-credit program costs $1,401 per credit hour for a total estimated tuition cost of $54,639.
Is the program accredited?
Yes. The M.P.A. program is accredited by The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This accreditation is seen as the gold standard in public service education.
When you graduate with a NASPAA-accredited master’s degree in public administration, it shows your current and future employers that you are among an elite group of professionals who take their career and public service seriously.
Additionally, the online M.P.A. curriculum is designed to follow the curricular guidelines from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). These guidelines ensure you receive an education aligned with industry standards and needs.
What will I learn in the program?
Graduates of the M.P.A. program will:
- Gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary and cross-sector nature of public service.
- Develop the ability to manage across the traditional public service boundaries that often exist between the public and nonprofit 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 existing ethical beliefs and values while developing an understanding of those with different ethical perspectives.
What differentiates the program from others?
Seton Hall University’s online M.P.A. program is ranked No. 18 in the country for nonprofit management by U.S. News and World Report, and stands apart with:
- A holistic focus on nonprofit management to build a deep understanding of how to lead in both the nonprofit and public sectors.
- A program that is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
- A curriculum mapped to the guidelines of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). These guidelines ensure you receive a nonprofit education aligned with industry standards and needs.
- Exposure to a variety of career paths and the opportunity to define your areas of interest with the guidance of a dedicated alumni mentor.
- Development of practical management skills through a capstone practicum project or research seminar. Complete assignments under a public service, nonprofit, arts, or healthcare administrator.
- A faculty made up of professionals who either currently work, or have worked, within the field of nonprofit management and public administration who provide you with unique insights, real-world experiences, and connections to others within the field.
Why is it important that this program’s curriculum was designed according to the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) guidelines?
Our online M.P.A. curriculum is one of the first in the country created following NACC guidelines. These guidelines help institutions like Seton Hall build effective, impactful degrees in nonprofit leadership according to industry needs and standards.
Aligning our curriculum with the NACC ensures you receive a comprehensive understanding of leadership, management, public finance, research and analysis, human resources, and more. The NACC has determined these are the skills needed for a community-changing career in public administration, and you will benefit from that knowledge.
Are there set times to attend my classes?
No. You will have specific assignment deadlines and test dates, but you can complete your online coursework at times that are convenient for you.
How do I begin the application process?
Can I transfer my previously earned credits to the M.P.A.?
You may apply up to six (6) previously earned credits toward your degree. For each course transferring, a copy of the syllabus will need to be submitted to the program director for review. Transfer credits are only accepted from colleges and universities that are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
* SOURCE: Burning Glass, April 2018