Master of Public Administration

Online Master of Public Administration at Norwich University

Quick Info

  • Coursework completed in 18 months
  • Classes capped at 15 students
  • Personalized support

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Next Session Start Date
Monday, September 3, 2018
Application Deadline
Monday, August 6, 2018

What you'll need »

A completed application includes the following:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • Letter of recommendation from a professional or academic contact
  • Fulfillment of any additional program-specific requirements

For more information, visit our master’s admissions pages.

Leadership is the Key to Strong Communities. Unlock Your Ability to Serve.

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.

Strong Commitment to Our Program Mission

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, and a commitment to public service. 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, and public service projects. (Adopted January 22, 2016, Updated April 4, 2018).

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.
  • Norwich’s MPA is pleased to work with The MITRE Corporation to build and enhance policy analysis and analytics coursework and experiences of the students by allowing them to work on problems and issues of interest to MITRE and its government sponsors.
  • Small class sizes and students from diverse backgrounds in the public and nonprofit sectors foster in-depth discussions and unique perspectives.
  • With eight concentrations to choose from, 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.
  • Our faculty are committed to helping you prepare your work for publication if that is a path you want to pursue. In recent months, Dr. Geraldine Waite and other instructors have been proud to see their students published in top publications in their fields. See some of their recent accomplishments »
  • 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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