Master of Public Administration

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Ed Nassr
Tel: 203-396-6877


Department of Government 
Academic Building, HC 212P

Program Director

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

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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

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 & Events

New Sacred Heart Poll Examines Connecticut’s Top Issues

March 11, 2019

A new poll from Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy depicts wide concern about school safety, the high cost of living and housing in Connecticut and efforts to mitigate the state’s budget crisis by building electronic tolls. Most respondents also favor instituting higher taxes on electronic cigarettes, and many spoke of leaving the state in the next five years because of the high cost of living.

Two Former Congressmen Visiting Sacred Heart to Promote Service

February 22, 2019

Students at Sacred Heart University will have the opportunity to meet with two former congressmen March 26-28 through Congress to Campus, a program that aims to increase young people’s civic literacy and participation. Run by the Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), in partnership with the Stennis Center for Public Service, Congress to Campus sends a bipartisan pair of former Congress members to institutions of higher education for two-day visits. There, the former lawmakers conduct classes and interact with students, aiming to promote greater democratic participation.

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.