Value of a Master
of Public Administration degree
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.
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
||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 »
||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 »
||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 »
||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 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 »
||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 »
||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 »
||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 »
||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.
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 Winkler Named NSRI Director
Audrey Winkler has been selected as the new Director of the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute. Read More »
||MPA Chair Part of Civic Leadership
MPA Director, Dr. Matthew Hale was recently invited to a White House gathering. Read More »
||MPA Students "Do Something" Project
Right before Christmas, MPA students designed and delivered personalized gift baskets to patients stuck in St. Barnabas. 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
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
Dual Degree Program
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.