The M.P.A. degree serves students interested in careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. The program is professional in nature, and 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. Many students in this program have 5-10 years of professional experience. However, prior work experience is not a requirement for admission to the program or necessarily an indicator of success in it. The program is also appropriate for students wishing to transition from private to public or nonprofit sector careers. The four M.P.A. concentration areas are as follow:
For more information, please visit http://www.shu.edu/go/mpa.
Anyone with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is eligible to apply for admission to the M.P.A. program. In general, applicants with the following credentials are admitted: a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, a well written essay, and three strong letters of recommendation. Standardized test scores are optional for the M.P.A. Program. M.P.A. applicants may be asked to
complete a personal interview.
International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. However, it is important to note that the University requires confirmation of undergraduate degree standards by World Educational Services program (see https://www.wes.org/). In addition, the M.P.A. program generally requires a TOEFL score of greater than 90 for students with undergraduate degrees awarded outside the United States.
Applicants who are confident that they are ready to succeed in a graduate program but do not meet the M.P.A. admissions criteria may be offered conditional acceptance. Candidates granted conditional acceptance must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their first four graduate courses at Seton Hall.
Applicants must complete a College of Arts and Sciences Application for Admissions to Graduate Study (self-managed application packet) that includes:
Seton Hall University and the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs offer a variety of financial aid options to assist students in paying for their graduate education. These include:
Graduate assistants receive full tuition remission up to a maximum of 12 credits per semester and a monthly stipend in exchange for 20 hours of work per week in the administrative office of the department, or in other offices on campus.
Research assistants receive full tuition remission and a monthly stipend in exchange for 20 hours of work per week assisting department faculty on various research projects.
Graduate and research assistantships are available to full-time students only.
The M.P.A. program has a number of department-based scholarship opportunities.
These competitive, merit-based scholarships provide partial and possibly full tuition remission for selected courses in nonprofit organization management and public service leadership.
Both full and part-time students in the M.P.A. on-campus programs are eligible. Graduate certificate students are also eligible for these scholarships.
M.P.A. scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis; therefore, students who plan to apply for any or all of these funding opportunities should submit their applications for admission prior to April 1st. For information on M.P.A. scholarship opportunities, please visit https://www.shu.edu/financial-aid/graduate-scholarships-list.cfm.
For further information, including application deadline information and to receive application materials, contact the department at (973) 761-9510 or the program director at Roseanne.Mirabella@shu.edu.
Internships are required for all pre-service students and are an option for in-service students. The department, working closely with the University’s Career Center, assists students in finding internships and maintains information on the availability of paid internships. Information on paid fellowships is also made available to students.
Several types of loan programs and installment payment programs are available to assist students with tuition and other expenses. Loans through FAFSA and Sallie Mae are available to M.P.A. students. Contact Enrollment Services at (973) 761-9332 for further information and application materials.
The 39-credit M.P.A. degree program includes the following:
|Environment Pub Serv Mgmt
|Research Methods-Stat Analy
|Econ Environment Service Mgmt
|Managerial Decision Making
|Managing Hum Res-Pub Serv Org
|Ethical Challenges of Big Data
|Cognition for Visualization
|Select two additional M.P.A. elective courses, including any of the following:
|Cross Sector Collaboration
|ST Nonprofit HR-Volunteer Mgt
|Public Service Leadership
|Nonprofits and Public Policy
|Fin Mgmt Nonprofit Orgs
|Ethics in Public Service
|Legal Issues Nonprofit Orgs
|Applied Research and Practice (Capstone) Experience
|Select one of the following: *
Students must complete a 3-credit Applied Research and Practice (Capstone) experience towards the end of their course of study. The requirements depend on the student’s managerial experience.
Students who have completed all degree requirements except the research seminar (PSMA 7993 Research Seminar) must register for Thesis Continuation (THCN 7999 Thesis Continuation - Masters) for the first semester subsequent to the research seminar (PSMA 7993 Research Seminar) registration, and THCN 8000 Thesis Continuation - Masters from the second subsequent semester until the completion and presentation of the culminating research project.
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