Graduate Studies

MPA Degree: Master's in Public Administration

Take your career to the next level with core courses emphasizing effective leadership, policy awareness, and ethical judgments in the public and non-profit sectors.

Program Overview

At Widener, success means more than a graduate degree. As you complete courses led by public administration insiders, you'll become part of a network that will follow you long after graduation.

With an emphasis on community connection and advancing public service, you'll elevate your career. A variety of specializations within the program allow you to build a flexible learning path around your unique interests, while a focus on leadership and managerial skills help you build confidence in the workplace.

Program Options

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Non-Profit Leadership

The non-profit leadership certificate puts emphasis on connecting curricula to challenging societal issues and is designed for individuals seeking to improve their performance and advance a career in the non-profit sector or students who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in public administration but would like to explore post-graduate education through certificate courses.

Detailed information about our specializations, including courses and requirements, can be found in our Loading....

  • Local Government Administration
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Sexuality Studies

Build a degree around your interests with an interdisciplinary approach to public administration. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 3.0 GPA
    • If not attained, evaluation of an applicant's ability to complete graduate work will be based on academic performance and a necessary 3.0 GPA within the first six credit hours.
  • Online Application
  • Nonrefundable application fee ($35)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • One of these letters must be from someone who is familiar with the applicant's ability to undertake graduate-level academic work, such as a former professor. If no such person is available to make an evaluation, such as for students who completed their undergraduate work more than four years prior to the application date, the applicant must submit a third letter of recommendation. 
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • A one-page personal statement describing reasons and expectations for study in the program
  • GRE scores will be considered as part of an application but are not required

We review applications on a rolling basis.

Program Highlights

Getting your master's in public administration means learning effective leadership and managerial skills while building community connections alongside industry professionals.

Nonprofit Certificate Faculty Teaching

Flexible Learning Environment

Take the inside track to success with the MPA program. We tailor to both working professionals and recent graduates with courses offered on weekday evenings and a customizable experience to meet your professional needs. Choose from four specializations or select elective courses that best fit your career goals.

Criminal Justice Certificate Classroom with Paper

Distinguished Faculty

At Widener, you'll learn from a mix of distinguished faculty and working professionals in all core and elective courses to further your career and build a network that will follow you long after graduation. 


As public administration educators, our faculty will work with you to customize your degree for a rewarding education, career, and future.

James E. Vike
Director of Masters of Public Administration

"Our students care about furthering positive outcomes in society. My goal in the classroom is to help them do this by building managerial and leadership skills that improve work performance in the near term and aid career advancement."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

At Widener, success means more than a graduate degree. That's why our graduates can be found on various career paths.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Creative Education Opportunities, Inc.
  • Human Resources, City of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
  • Economic Development Authority, City of York, PA
  • American Friends Services
  • Delaware County, PA
  • American Red Cross
  • American Cancer Society
  • Arthritis Foundation

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Nonprofit, executive director
  • Local government or higher education administrator
  • City manager
  • Nonprofit fundraiser/marketer
  • Public agency manager

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the public administration program.

Mamadou Keita is mentored by Professor Stephanie Schechner

I am very fortunate to have come to this country and received one of the best educations. My mindset now is ‘how can I give that type of opportunity to others back home in Guinea?’

Mamadou Keita

Mamadou's Story

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Visit Us

To visit Widener is, more often than not, to fall in love with the place. To fit your timeline and schedule, we offer a variety of ways to get to know us.

View Tuition and Fees

Explore program costs and payment options.

Financial Aid

At Widener, opportunities for financial aid extend to graduate students. Discover how Widener can help make obtaining your degree possible.

Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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