Master of Public Administration

Quick Info

  • All classes taken online
  • Coursework completed in 18 months
  • Classes capped at 15 students
Next Session Start Date
September 1, 2014
Application Deadline
August 8, 2014

Serving and Leading Communities

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 administration, criminal justice, leadership, organizational leadership, and public organization fiscal management. Students also have the option to customize their own concentration by selecting elective courses that meet their unique goals.

During their final seminar, students 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 Norwich Student Advantage

  • Our Master of Public Administration faculty includes former and current leaders in the military, and heads of city, state, and federal departments; criminal justice organizations; and nonprofits as well as respected researchers and scholars in areas ranging from white-collar crime to public health policy.
  • Small class sizes and students from diverse backgrounds in the public and nonprofit sectors foster in-depth discussions and unique perspectives.
  • With five concentrations to choose from as well as the option to design your own, you can customize your online Master of Public Administration studies based on your career goals and personal interests.
  • Through your capstone project, you can develop and potentially implement a solution to an administrative challenge at your workplace, adding tangible value to your organization and demonstrating your expanded knowledge and skill set to your employers.
  • An exit portfolio of academic work completed throughout the program can be used to demonstrate skill, competency, and application of program concepts to real-world challenges to employers.
  • Through our flexible online platform, you can access program content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule and at your own pace each week.
  • Four start dates per year (March, June, September, and December) allow you to begin the program when it’s most convenient for you.
  • By enrolling in our Master of Public Administration program, you’ll become part of a long tradition of public service education and leadership at Norwich, which goes all the way back to our founding in 1819 as the nation’s first private military college.

Career Preparation

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.

How to Get Started

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.

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