Master of Public Administration Program to Launch in 2018

News Story: July 24, 2017

Sacred Heart University will launch a new master of public administration (MPA) program in fall 2018 through its Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies.

“The master of public administration is a professional degree that will prepare individuals for careers in the public sector, government agencies, human service organizations and nonprofits,” says Lesley A. DeNardis, director of the program.

Students may concentrate in either nonprofit management or emergency management, both of which project significant job growth. A third option allows student to pursue a self-designed concentration tailored to their professional needs and interests. Courses will provide students with the professional and technical skills necessary for 21st-century leadership roles in governance. Proficiencies include analyzing data, harnessing information technology and communicating strategically. Sacred Heart is committed to providing students with valuable, hands-on experience and, accordingly, MPA students will be placed with nonprofit and government organizations in the area as part of their course of study.

“The MPA program aligns with SHU’s mission by developing ethical and dynamic leaders who are responsive to their social and civic obligations,” says DeNardis. As the daughter of a public servant, DeNardis holds this concept close to her heart; she has served Hamden’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Legislative Council and Board of Education. She states that her academic and professional pursuits have centered on “the core belief that greater efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector can solve common problems and enhance the quality of life for members of the community.”

Having taught in MPA programs at various higher education institutions, DeNardis is enthusiastic about educating and commissioning more problem-solvers into the world. “I still firmly believe that, despite the current discord and strife in government and politics, now more than ever we need graduates who have a desire to foster the betterment of society through public service,” she says.

“I am pleased that Sacred Heart University has decided to offer a new MPA program. It demonstrates the university’s ongoing commitment to serve the community by training the next generation of leaders,” says Gary MacNamara, chief of police for Fairfield. “The public and non-profit sector needs individuals who are ready to lead organizations through these challenging times. The SHU MPA will prepare them well for such leadership roles.”

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited college or university may apply to this 36-credit program that can be completed in one year, full-time, or two years, part-time.

To learn more about the MPA program, email DeNardis at denardisl@sacredheart.edu.