Master of Public Administration

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Department of Government 
Academic Building, HC 212P

Program Director

Lesley DeNardis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Tel: 203-371-7834

Preparing Dynamic Leaders to Serve the Common Good

Public AdmimistrationIf you’re ready to become an innovative leader prepared to serve your community for today and tomorrow.

  • Delivered in a format of both on-campus and online courses
  • The MPA can be completed in one year full-time or two years part-time
  • Trimester schedule with classes meeting every other Saturday
  • Available to students with a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in any field
  • Ideal for candidates seeking public sector career placement or advancement
  • No experience required
  • State-of-the-art facility in the Martire Business & Communication Center
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Preparing Leaders in Public Service

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at Sacred Heart University will provide you with the skills to thrive in the 21st century public and non-profit workplace.

As part of the MPA degree at Sacred Heart, you can choose from the following concentrations to better match your existing skills and experience, as well as your career objectives in the future:

  • Non-profit Management: develop managerial skills such as financial administration, strategic planning, human resources and fundraising to help nonprofits fulfill their core missions
  • Emergency Management: increase your skills and capabilities in disaster management and preparedness at the federal, state and local level and in private industry
  • Self-designed concentration: allows student to pursue a self-designed concentration tailored to their professional needs and interests

MPA Degree Objectives

As a part of this new and in-demand program with robust career opportunities, you will:

  • Learn to strategically manage resources in public and non-profit organizations
  • Develop an understanding of the public policy process and changing social demographics
  • Harness information technology and apply analytical skills to make data-informed decisions
  • Apply ethical and legal principles to identify problem-solving actions
  • Learn to foster transparency and accountability by communicating key public issues to diverse audiencesMartire Lobby

Additional Program Benefits

  • Both on-campus and online classes to facilitate learning
  • Access to SHU Policy Polling Center for conducting survey research on public policy issues

Latest News

Conference Guides Nonprofit Leaders on Challenges

December 3, 2018

Recognizing that many nonprofit groups are struggling to survive after years of state funding cuts, Sacred Heart University recently conducted a conference to explore ways to help them overcome their challenges. Other reasons for the challenges are increased demand for services and fewer donations. All these reasons are forcing nonprofits to do more with less. Much like for-profit businesses, nonprofits need to learn how to most effectively use their available resources. This often requires creative and/or hard-nosed business decisions if they are to thrive.

Sacred Heart Panel Analyzes Aftermath of State Election

November 28, 2018

A lively discussion on voter turnout, political races and the state’s future ensued at Sacred Heart University’s post-election analysis in mid-November. Lesley DeNardis, director of SHU’s Institute for Public Policy (IPP) and program director for the Master of Public Administration program, moderated the panel discussion, “Post-Election Analysis: What Happened and What Lies Ahead for Connecticut,” in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center’s forum. Panelists included Gary Rose, professor and chair of the Department of Government; Ken Dixon, politics editor for Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Michael Vigeant ’98, CEO of GreatBlue Research; and Ebong Udoma, senior reporter at WSHU Public Radio.

Post-Election Analysis: What Happened and What Lies Ahead for Connecticut

November 9, 2018

Sacred Heart University's Institute for Public Policy will host "Post-Election Analysis: What Happened and What Lies Ahead for Connecticut" on Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. in the Martire Forum at 5401 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Panelists will include Ken Dixon, politics editor for Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Gary Rose, professor and chair, Department of Government, Michael Vigeant, CEO of GreatBlue Research, and Ebong Udoma, senior reporter, WSHU Public Radio.

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