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 Summer and Fall 2014.

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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

Black Ethnics Book Discussion Dr. Christina Greer to Host Book Discussion
Dr. Christina Greer, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University will be visiting Seton Hall and discussing her book "Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream" Learn more »
Jo-Renee Formicola New Course Offered in MPA Program
A new course offering concentrating on Campaign Management is available to students in the MPA program. The course, taught by Dr. Jo Renee Formicola, provides students with the opportunity to do hands on work in the field of electoral politics. Learn more »
Noah Ginter ’12, Associate Director of Advancement Operations Alumnus to Lead MPA Seminar
Noah Ginter ’12, Associate Director of Advancement Operations at Seton Hall, will provide training in Raisers Edge fundraising software to MPA students in the spring semester. Learn more »
Naomi Wish MPA Scholarship Fund Receives Grant
The MPA program recently received a grant from the Union Foundation to build upon an endowed fund aimed at supporting students from Union County concentrating in nonprofit management. Learn more »
Richard Keevey Richard F. Keevey Joins MPA Program
Richard Keevey, appointed by two Governors as Budget Director and Comptroller for the State of New Jersey, will serve the MPA program as visiting lecturer and instruct a course concentrating on financial budgeting and effective governance. Learn more »
Matthew Hale Hale Serves NACC as President-Elect
Matthew Hale was named the President-Elect of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). The NACC is a membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that focus on the study of nonprofit organizations, voluntarism and/or philanthropy. Learn more »
Inderjeet Parmar, Ph.D. US Foreign Policy and Philanthropy
Recently the MPA held an informal discussion on US foreign policy and philanthropy with Distinguished Lecturer Inderjeet Parmar, Ph.D. He discussed his recent research on the role foundations play in influencing US foreign policy makers. Learn more »
Nephrae Blair with Corey Booker MPA Student Runs with Booker
Nephrae Blair, current Seton Hall MPA student from Montclair, recently met Corey Booker when he took the advice of fellow student Alejandro Rodas to attend a Booker campaign event. Read more »
Geri Mannion Speaker on Immigrant Rights and Voting
Geri Mannion, director of the Democracy program at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a leader on immigrant issues, philanthropy, and community organizing addressed students on September 19, 2013. The event focused on immigrant rights and voting.
Heath Brown

Poli Sci Professor Hosts Podcasts
A new series of podcasts, hosted by College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor Heath Brown, are featured on www.newbooksinpoliticalscience.com. Read More »

Audrey Winkler150 Audrey Winkler Named NSRI Director
Audrey Winkler has been selected as the new Director of the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute. 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 Whitehead School of Diplomacy offer a dual degree program that combines the M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relationswith the Master of Public Administration. Applicants interested in ajoint degree program must make a separate application and pay aseparate 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.

(973) 761-9510
matthew.hale@shu.edu
Jubilee Hall, 563

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