Public Administration Program FAQs

1. Why should I earn a Master of Public Administration?

Norwich University’s Master of Public Administration program provides public service professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to respond strategically and nimbly to the needs of their communities, and to lead their organizations during both times of uncertainty and prosperity. Students graduate with a greater confidence in their abilities to manage change, manage budgets, and manage employees and constituents.

2. How do I qualify for the public administration program?

The Master of Public Administration program welcomes goal-oriented individuals who share our passion for public service and are committed to furthering their field and contributing positively to their community.

3. What courses can I take in the public administration program?

Students can choose from a variety of courses specific to the field of public administration. Course topics include strategic planning, finance, organizational leadership, public policy development, and evaluation. For a complete listing visit the public administration program page.

4. What concentrations may I specialize in?

Students can choose from one of the following concentrations: 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.

5. Is there a thesis or capstone option?

The final seminar offers students the opportunity to apply their learning in two tangible ways: the preparation of a capstone paper that offers a practical or theoretical solution to a program, operation, or policy; and the writing of a paper suitable for publication in a professional journal.

6. How much will the program cost?

The current, all-inclusive cost for the Master of Public Administration program is $28,125. For detailed information about program costs, visit the Tuition Information page.

7. How have graduates of the program applied their degree?

Master of Public Administration alumni are employed by organizations such as the Air National Guard, Barnes ANGB, Catholic Charities, City of Houston, Department of Defense, United States Senate, USAID, and U.S. Navy. For more details on employment opportunities, visit the MPA career outcomes page.

8. How are public administration program faculty members selected?

All public administration program faculty members have advanced degrees (most are terminal) and are subject matter experts in public administration. They represent a wide variety of academic disciplines including: public administration, justice administration, philosophy, public affairs, criminology, education, law, and human services. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience and a history of leadership in academia, the private sector, or the public sector. To meet some of the featured program faculty, visit the public administration program page.

9. What are the requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, or SpanTran.
  • The GRE is not required to apply, but may be requested based upon an applicant's undergraduate GPA.
  • If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test (iBT)) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.
10. Is it possible to work full-time while enrolled in the public administration program?

Yes, the public administration program is designed to complement your day-to-day work schedule.

11. How long is the public administration program?

The program’s six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.