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Public administrators are on the front line of today’s rapidly evolving and interconnected world. They must act strategically and be flexible in order to respond to the needs of their communities, work effectively with individuals, agencies, and special interest groups, navigate complex ethical and legal issues, and operate within increasingly limited budgets.
Norwich University’s Master of Public Administration program attracts working professionals from a wide range of public service organizations – from law enforcement agencies to city departments to nonprofits – and helps them gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers and make a greater difference in the communities they serve. Our online Master of Public Administration curriculum provides students with a broad foundation in areas such as organizational leadership and change, strategic planning, ethics, and financial management and data analysis. Students focus their studies on a concentration of their choice, including public works and sustainability, criminal justice and public safety, public administration leadership and crisis management, fiscal management, nonprofit management, municipal governance, policy analysis and analytics, and international development and influence.
Students also develop a capstone project that outlines a practical or theoretical solution to an existing program, policy, or operation. Students can use their capstone project to design and implement a solution to an administrative issue within their current workplace or to explore in-depth an area relevant to their desired career path. As an accompaniment to their capstone projects, students also write a paper suitable for submission to a professional journal.
The mission of the Master of Public Administration MPA program at Norwich University is to prepare and support diversified adult learners who are military and non-military, to become knowledgeable, innovative public sector leaders. The MPA program develops leadership characteristics driven by fundamental public administration values, including those that are at the core of Norwich’s history and tradition. Norwich MPA faculty members are academically and professionally prepared to advance the mission with practitioner-oriented educational experiences available through state-of-the art, on-line course delivery and external partnerships. Culminating experiences include a capstone project, portfolio development and a residential conference, which complement the MPA online delivery method and provide the opportunity for problem solving, a retrospective on coursework, face-to-face collaboration and networking. (Adopted January 22, 2016).
A degree from Norwich’s online Master of Public Administration program can help you advance within your current organization or serve as the foundation for a variety of public service careers in areas such as city and federal management, law enforcement, and nonprofit management. Examples of positions held by our alumni include supervisory accountant for US Citizenship Immigration Services, white-collar crime supervisor for the FBI, city public works manager, executive officer in the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, and manager of global sponsorship services at Save the Children U.S.
With so much to learn and do, it’s easy to lose track of how to get started. Don’t worry: Norwich works hard to make it easy for you. We can guide you through the application process, give you tips on how to get the most out of your Norwich experience, and assist you in getting the required materials for the Master of Public Administration program.