Master of Public Administration

Legendary Public Service Leaders, Lasting Impact

Big government or small government. No matter where you stand on the issue philosophically, no one would argue that the world could benefit from skilled public servants who can effectively manage ever-tightening budgets; have a vision for bringing a community back from the brink by attracting more jobs and development; increase student performance and decrease joblessness by creating unique partnerships with community groups, public schools, and private enterprise; and find creative and sustainable ways to improve a crumbling infrastructure. Yet, in today's times, many are left to ask whether the age of civil service has passed.

The preparation of leaders in public service is not just a thing of myth or legend at Norwich University. It's truly who we are and what we do every day. Our history and present are rooted in leaders who serve their municipalities, states, nations, and global community with optimism, knowledge, and integrity. Our online Master of Public Administration program makes it possible to prepare tomorrow's leaders today - whether they're in Seakonk, MA, Eugene, OR, or Saudi Arabia. And, our MPA alumni are making an impact all over the world. A recent alumni survey* reported that 89% of our graduates feel more effective in their jobs as a result of their Norwich MPA degree.

Career Outcomes

The Norwich Master of Public Administration program helps working adults in public service organizations develop the specialized skills and knowledge needed to help them advance into leadership positions. Our graduates emerge with comprehensive knowledge in areas such as organizational leadership and change, strategic planning, ethics, and financial management, as well as focused expertise in one of eight 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.

Public administration alumnus and Secret Service agent Clarence Jorif describes it in this way:

"Everything I have learned in the last 18 months I have already applied. Everything I can encounter now and in the future I know I can conquer based on things I have learned through my career augmented through my education at Norwich."

Our graduates hold positions such as:

  • Assistant Director of Public Works
  • Audit Supervisor
  • City Public Works Manager
  • Director of Environmental Quality
  • Director of Public Works
  • District Division Chief
  • Executive Officer, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion
  • Finance Manager
  • Litigation Manager Specialist
  • Manager of Global Sponsorship Services
  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Senior Budget Analyst
  • Senior Special Agent
  • Town Manager
  • White-Collar-Crime Supervisor

Where Our Graduates Work

Our public administration graduates work in a wide range of organizations - from law enforcement agencies to city departments to non-profits. In a recent alumni survey*, 86% of respondents felt their Norwich education gave them a competitive edge in the job market.

Select organizations our graduates are employed by include:

  • Burlington County Board of Social Services
  • Carlisle Early Education Center
  • City of Middletown, CT
  • De Leon Springs State Park
  • Dulles International Airport
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • New Hampshire Department of Corrections
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Public Health Management Corporation
  • Save the Children
  • State Farm Mutual Insurance Company
  • Tri County Community Action Programs Inc.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Secret Service

*Source: Norwich University Master of Public Administration Graduate Survey, fielded March 2014

Student Consumer Data - Graduation Rates for Master of Public Administration