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  • James Vike, PhD

    • Director, MPA Program
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 229
    • tel: 610-499-1120
  • Gertrude Depew

    • Administrative Assistant, MPA Program
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
    • tel: 610-499-4365

Master in Public Administration

Why Widener?

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Flexible Learning Environment

The MPA program is tailored to both working professionals and recent graduates. Courses are offered on weekday evenings on the main campus in Chester, and students can customize their educational experience to meet their professional needs by choosing from either three concentrations or selecting elective courses that best fit their career goals.

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Distinguished Faculty

Widener brings in working professionals to teach several core and elective courses in the MPA program. Many of the professors are currently working in senior leadership positions in the metropolitan area, such as Chester County Chief Operating Officer Mark Rupsis or Marianne Grace, Delaware County Executive Director. Both faculty members give students the ability to examine current trends affecting the public sector.

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Career-Orientated Degree

Program advisors work with Widener's Career Services to find the best internships and job placement opportunities in the Delaware Valley. The career-minded focus puts students ahead of the game when searching for careers upon graduation.

  • patricia a. fitzgerald '04, '05
  • laurie a. sacerdote '15
patricia a. fitzgerald '04, '05

Patricia A. Fitzgerald

2004, 2005

Learning to advocate for important causes to secure funding or support is an important skill set to have. I am grateful for the leadership experiences I had through Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) while at Widener.

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laurie a. sacerdote '15

Laurie A. Sacerdote


My coursework was a perfect fit for my current position with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Working with both state and local government officials, I was provided with a solid foundation to continue on in my career trajectory.

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Potential Careers

  • County executive director
  • Nonprofit, CEO, COO
  • Policy analyst
  • Local government administrator
  • City manager
  • Nonprofit fundraising/marketing
  • Community planning
  • Economic development officer
  • Lobbyist
  • State or federal agency officer

Recent Employers

  • Social Security Administration
  • Human Resources, City of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
  • Economic Development Authority, City of York, PA
  • American Friends Services
  • Delaware County, PA
  • American Red Cross
  • Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
  • American Cancer Society
  • BioClinica