This course introduces students to public administration in the United States. The course focuses on governance, inter-governmental relationships, organizational theory, policies, and strategic planning as affected by fiscal constraints, public needs, social change, and politics. Students are introduced to the role of leadership, the necessity for professional ethics and accountability, and personal competence. Students also begin the program-long requirement of developing their skills of critical analysis, research, integration of information, and effective writing.
Master of Public Administration
Norwich’s online MPA program curriculum is composed of six courses, each of which is delivered over 11 weeks for a total of 36 credit hours. Students master one course at a time, to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics.
Our graduates can:
- Implement solutions to real-world administrative challenges immediately.
- Demonstrate a broad foundation in areas such as organizational leadership and change, strategic planning, ethics, and financial management and data analysis.
- Apply sharpened critical thinking and writing skills.
Leverage critical leadership skills that build the foundation for public administration in nearly any sector.
Students will complete the following three courses prior to choosing a concentration. Students choosing the Policy Analysis and Analytics concentration only complete Foundations of Public Administration & Policy (AD511).
This course reviews major research method designs and their application to policy development and evaluation. Students are also exposed to statistical techniques commonly found in public administration and social science research from the perspective of managerial control and application of research design/program evaluation. Particular focus is placed on quality assurance and best-evidence management.
This course explores three areas of public administration: the legal environment of the public organization, human resources, and organizational leadership. The first section of the course focuses on creating agency authority, public participation, civil liability, employment law, and due process. The second section focuses on selecting and retaining quality employees and managers, evaluations, coaching, and training. The third section focuses on strategic leadership, organizational analysis and culture, managing conflict, and organizational vision and change.
Choose Your Concentration in Public Administration
After completion of the core curriculum, students focus their studies on a concentration of their choice.
Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Our criminal justice and public safety concentration is designed to help you develop the skills you need to pursue or further your career in law enforcement or even transition into another area of public service. Explore the best practices of law enforcement agencies, corrections administration, and public safety management.
This course examines law enforcement best practices, police leadership, workforce development, accountability, internal affairs, productivity, and the management of special units. Students will also study the role of community policy, community policing, restorative justice programs, crime prevention, and the role of technology, integrated justice systems, and information system security.
This course examines administration in the corrections environment. Topics include personnel management, budgeting and public finance, workforce development, staffing, special units, correctional policy development, and planning. The roles of technology and integrated justice systems are examined, as well as information system security.
This course explores public administration within the scope of critical incidents and crisis management. Topics include domestic terrorism and counterterrorism, the roles of the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework, best practices for first responders, and constitutional issues related to the execution of first responder duties. Students will also study the use of specially trained and equipped units such as SWAT teams, and the roles of community policing and community partnerships in responding to crises, whether manmade or natural.
Fiscal intelligence is essential in public administration, which is why our fiscal management concentration covers key topics necessary to balance budgets, analyze financial performances, and develop your financial decision-making skills.
This course explores the legal and regulatory foundation of financial reporting and accountability for public organizations. Topics include development of transactions, enactment of appropriations, and incurrence of obligations or encumbrances. Other topics include financial reporting, analysis of governmental financial performance, costing of government services, and auditing governmental organizations. Students will be provided with the current study guides published by the Association of Government Accountants' Certified Government Financial Manager, designed specifically to prepare professionals and students for the CGFM certification examination.
This course introduces students to four major areas of financial concern: preparation of budgets, creating management strategies for the organization based on the principles of strategic financial management, obtaining financial resources by issuing bonds and levying taxes, and managing cash and employee retirement funds. Students will also examine contemporary perspectives on professional ethics and ethical behavior of leaders in the public sector, particularly in regard to their fiduciary responsibility in investing and managing public funds.
Build the financial and managerial skills necessary to effectively run and positively impact local governments. Students first complete Municipal Governance (AD543) followed by choosing one elective from the course list below.
This course introduces students to the work of local government managers in the United States. The core of the course is the study of best practices for municipal leadership, including the challenges of providing direction to a wide scope of departments and agencies necessary to serve the needs of communities. Students will also study how to create and maintain intergovernmental relationships and form partnerships with elected officials; staff employees such as directors, managers, and department heads; private sector businesses; bargaining units; citizens; and representatives of the media.
This course explores the role of the public service leader, divisions and sectors within the rural municipality, organizing stakeholder collaborations, and developing an action plan in support of accountability, good governance, and improvement of quality of life. Specifically, discussions will examine interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cultural competence and effective leadership skills uniquely identified in rural communities as well as exploration of key issues affecting education, economic development, water supply, sewer systems, internet and broadband access, housing, health care access, and mental health status of those living in rural counties and towns.
This course introduces students to the public administrator in their role as an elected public service leader committed to identifying, examining, and working collaboratively toward effectively improving municipal services and the quality of life for constituents living in urban America. Particular focus will be placed on multidisciplinary collaborations and action plan development through discussions and reflections of key issues including the unique needs affecting public safety, emergency management, medical services, animal control, and public and mental health concerns. In addition, discussions will further examine the public administrator’s responsibilities surrounding civic engagement, waste-water, storm water, street maintenance, solid waste collection and disposal, forestry, and parks and recreation.
This concentration is for those who are interested in focusing on nonprofit management and specifically developing skills to lead within the nonprofit sector. Among the topics to be covered are strategic planning, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, governance and performance management. Students first complete Leading the Nonprofit Organization (AD542) followed by choosing one elective from the course list below.
This course explores the broad scope of leadership responsibilities challenging senior leaders within the nonprofit sector. Among the topics to be studied are strategic planning, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, governance, marketing, and performance management. Students will also examine trends in social entrepreneurship and the use of technology, such as social media, that are transforming the field. The course focuses on developing flexible leadership skills that can be applied in a variety of settings, across the life cycle of both small and large scale nonprofit organizations.
This course of study focuses on the administration and management of tax-exempt organizations that derive their funding and mandates from individuals, foundations, and governmental sources. Topics include the legal framework of nonprofit organizations, organizational design, fiscal management, fundraising, grants, contracts, assessment and planning. Students will study best practices for leadership and management, nonprofit governance, and the effective use of volunteers. Finally, students will review the role of technology with special attention to information integration and assurance.
This course emphasizes a workforce focus for professional and volunteer staff management in the nonprofit organization. Topics covered include nonprofit law, ethics, risk management, leadership, and governance excellence in nonprofit organizations. The course focuses heavily on competencies and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by senior managers with major responsibilities for human resource development and management, board and committee development, volunteer resource management, ethics and ethical behavior, organizational core values, diversity awareness, and legal and risk management.
This course focuses heavily on the competencies and knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by senior managers with major responsibilities in such areas as: financial management, accounting, economics, fundraising, grant writing, mission-focused information technology, and knowledge management for nonprofit organizations. This course is ideal for those in roles such as Chief Executive Officer/President, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, General Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Administration, Executive Vice President, Vice President, Deputy Executive Director, Director of Development, and Fundraising Manager. Course objectives and learning outcomes emphasize professional and managerial competencies associated with managing efficient, resource-conservative nonprofits.
This course focuses heavily on competencies and skills needed by senior health care managers with major responsibilities in such areas as the administrative aspects of managing a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that is focused on health care delivery, system delivery and evaluation. The course addresses all of the competencies outlined in the NCHL Health Leadership model, including: transformation, execution, and people.
Policy Analysis and Analytics
Our policy analysis and analytics concentration is designed for professionals interested in the planning and implementation of policies as a public administration leader. Our curriculum allows you to analyze critical data, build you decision-making skills, and utilize real-world software such as SPSS, SAS, R, and Python to perform data analysis. Students will take all five courses listed below and will complete their capstone and exit portfolio within the concentration.
Announcing a New Collaboration with The MITRE Corporation
The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University is proud to work with The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company that manages multiple research and development centers for the federal government. The purpose of this relationship is to build and enhance the policy analysis and analytics courses and experiences of the students by allowing them to work on problems and issues of interest to MITRE and its government sponsors.
Politics, policy, and planning are essential to core policy action learning. This is most prevalent in the private and public spheres of planning, analyzing, administering, and managing policies to redress pressing social issues. This course is designed to introduce students to the impact of politics and action learning on the policy-making process. Students will also explore the basics of policy analysis, policy action, and the interdependence of policy learning and action planning. This course provides a corresponding virtual learning lab to apply research methods of policy statistics for planning, analyzing, and resolving policy issues using real-time policy data sets. Through the lab, students will start with simple data analysis tools such as Excel and move to exploring SPSS.
This course has an accompanying lab
Policy-related research investigates questions of structure, process, and outcomes related to the organization and delivery of services funded by public and nonprofit sources. Policy problem identification and analysis require an in-depth understanding of the complex policy issues in society and relevant methods of policy analysis as tools for tackling the multifaceted policy cases. This course explores in greater depths the methods of policy analysis. This includes looking at crosscutting research strategies, identifying and gathering data, data analysis, establishing evaluation criteria, and identifying alternatives. Some of the basic elements of chi-square test, hypothesis testing and confidence intervals, projections techniques versus causal prediction, and methods of projection analysis of historical data are examined.
This course has an accompanying lab
This course examines the formulation of policy, the iterative process, the complexity of joint theories, along with the relationship between policy, implementation, planning and design. Topics explored include policy formulation, explaining behavior, forecasting effects, policy adoption and evaluation of policy. Through this course, students will learn to analyze the complexity of the public process. They will also examine the concepts of ethics, equity, diversity, and justice as it relates to the policy-making process. Additionally, they will look at how the budgetary process impacts planning and forecasting activities and functions at the agency level. After completing this course, students will be able to begin analyzing data and drafting implementation plans with the understanding that there will be multiple iterations.
This course has an accompanying lab
This course examines and uses the key concepts, tools, and techniques found in scientific research, design, implementation, and evaluation of policy data analysis. The course addresses various methods needed to present data using data analytic application techniques such as Excel, Dedoose, SPSS, and R. Students will learn to analyze and make recommendations on planning and policy issues at the federal, state, regional, and urban government level, as well as the nonprofit sector and sociopolitical environment based upon the implementation of data analytical tools.
This course introduces students to fundamental finance and economic theories, and explains how these concepts are utilized in public sector decision making. The core of the course is the study of best practices for financial, economic, and decisive leadership, including the challenges of providing such direction to a wide scope of departments and agencies. Students evaluate key financial, economic, and decision making principles and strategies. This understanding should help enable public sector leaders to make decisions based on rational analysis as well as thoughtful consideration of financial issues pertaining to the current state of the economy, both domestic and global.
This course has an accompanying lab
Public Administration Leadership and Crisis Management
Develop the skills you need to be at your best during a crisis situation and learn to lead at every level. Build your management, financial, and communication skills, explore ethical decision-making, and learn how to design and implement large-scale action plans.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of management and leadership in public administration. The course explores major models of leadership from theoretical, ethical, and practical perspectives. You will gain an understanding of major leadership theories by examining the basis of each theory, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, and learning how to apply the theory to practical situations in public administration and nonprofit settings. These activities enable students to reflect on how they perceive leadership from both a subordinate and leadership perspective. By the end of this course, students will have developed a thorough understanding of leadership concepts, and will learn how to apply them in their own leadership situations.
This course explores the role of leadership in public organizations by examining how leadership is intrinsically tied to the organization. Students will gain an understanding of how effective leaders articulate their leadership philosophy, how they embody the ideals and values of the organization, and how they motivate and reward their subordinates. The course also examines the role of leadership in crisis situations including how decisions are made and implemented, how information is communicated in critical situations, how political leaders are held accountable for crisis situations, and how communities can be returned to a state of normalcy after a critical incident has occurred.
Procurement and Government Contract Management
The concentration focuses on the methods and processes of procurement and contract management at all levels of government management - federal, state, and local.
The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University has developed the courses within this concentration based upon NIGP’s publications and current standards in order to support the educational goals of the public procurement professional.
This course examines the scope, methods and processes of forming contracts between public and private parties for the purpose of accomplishing the missions of governmental agencies at the international, federal, state/provincial and local levels. It is designed for individuals considering a career in public administration, persons employed in government agencies, public procurement personnel wishing to enhance their knowledge, and suppliers or citizens interested in learning more about the formulation of government contracts. Subject and foundational areas such as planning, ethics, and of the legal basis of the public procurement function will be explored.
Students study the concepts of contract management beginning with crafting the Request for Proposal (RFP) through contract negotiations, award, and management. Students gain knowledge of government contract management from both the government and the private sector (industry) perspective including all fields of procurement.
Capstone Paper or Project
Students in most of the concentrations will enroll in this capstone course as their sixth and final course of the program, and be assessed on an exit portfolio that consists of written work completed throughout the course of the program. Students in the Policy Analysis and Analytics concentration will complete their capstone work and exit portfolio within their concentration.
This final core course offers students the opportunity to apply their learning in two tangible ways: the preparation of a capstone paper/project that offers a practical or theoretical solution to a program, operation, or policy; and the writing of a paper suitable for publication in a professional journal.
Career Opportunities for Master of Public Administration Graduates
Today’s public administrators must be strategic and flexible to respond to the needs of their communities, navigate complex ethical and legal issues, and operate within increasingly limited budgets. Luckily, these skills are well-compensated. The average mid-career Master of Public Administration holder earns $62,142 per year, and Norwich Master of Public Administration graduates have noted earning more than $90,000.
A degree from Norwich’s online Master of Public Administration program can help you advance within your current organization or serve as the foundation for a variety of careers in nearly any sector.
Our graduates work in a variety of roles, including*:
- City Engineer
- Community Social Services Assistant
- Deputy Chief
- Development Administrator
- Community Intervention Specialist
- Director of Operations
- Director of Public Works
- District Director
- District Division Chief
- Executive Director
- Field Director
- Force Management Officer
- HR Specialist
- Joint Operations Center Officer in Charge
- Lead Fire Inspector
- Operations Manager
- Owner/Senior Consultant
- Parks and Recreation Director
- Payment Management Branch Chief
- Program Examiner
- Public Affairs Specialist
- Regional Director
- Regional Team Manager
- Senior Budget Analyst
- Streets Foreman
Our alumni have held positions at top organizations, including*:
- Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
- De Leon Springs State Park
- Department of Defense
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Massachusetts Senate
- National Park Service
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Navy
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Postal Service
- U.S. Secret Service
- Vermont Agency of Human Services
- Vermont Army National Guard
- Vermont State Police
- Broussard Police Department
- Carlisle Early Education Center
- City of Los Banos
- City of Maple Valley, WA
- County of San Joaquin
- Dartmouth Police Department
- Indiana Secretary of State
- Milwaukee County Housing Division
- Ministry of Education Spain
- Phelpf Company
- Raynham Police Department
- Alzheimer's Association, Washington State Chapter
- Burlington County Board of Social Services
- Capstone Community Action Head Start
- Grassroots Vermont
- Public Health Management Corporation
- Tri County Community Action Programs Inc.
- Salvation Army
- Save the Children
- Veterans Inc.
Read more about our MPA student outcomes.
*Source: Data represents responding MPA graduates from Norwich University's Residency Graduate Survey, fielded June 2017 and June 2018. Total numbers of graduating students was 67, with a response rate of 78%. Unknown placement of graduating students is 22% (15 students did not respond).
Our online Master of Public Administration gives you the opportunity to learn from a faculty of experts. Our faculty includes former and current leaders in the military, and heads of city, state, and federal departments; criminal justice organizations; and nonprofits as well as respected researchers and scholars in areas ranging from white-collar crime to public health policy.
We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.
Speak to one of our knowledgeable admissions advisors today - we can help answer your questions about your program of interest.
Rosemarie A. Pelletier is the program director for the Master of Public Administration program at Norwich University. Dr. Pelletier has years of experience in education and public policy/policy analysis. She has more than 15 years of experience in online teaching and course development. Prior to coming to Norwich, she was the president and founder of a company responsible for the identification, research, and development of public-private partnership projects throughout Virginia.
Dr. Pelletier served as the Secretary of the Virginia State Technology Council where she advised the Executive and Legislative branches on technology policy issues. She chaired the Transportation Technology Advisory Panel in writing the Transportation Technology Blueprint for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She was appointed by Governor George Allen to the Joint Committee on Technology and Science to study and advise on technology and science policies. Appointed by Governor Mark Warner, Dr. Pelletier served on the statewide speakers’ bureau to address transportation funding issues throughout the Commonwealth. She combines her knowledge and experience in technology policy with her education in public policy and public administration to bring the best of both worlds to Norwich University.
- Billy V. Powers
- Ruth Stilwell
- Emmanuel Tetteh
- Paula Beiser
- Bruce Lindsay
- Ted Lorbeer
- Robert Wright
- Deborah Woodward
- Chris Sigle
- Jose Cordova
- Lasha Tchantouridzé
- Jason F. Jagemann
Walda Roseman has had a distinguished career as an executive, strategist, advocate, ICT expert, and entrepreneur, primarily in the international information and communications technology and entertainment sectors. She has also devoted much of her energies to promoting social and economic development worldwide through technology. She was awarded in 2014 by the UN agency for ICT, the International Telecommunication Union, its Gold Medal. In January 2016, she will assume the Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
James Dalton is an experienced educator, with a focus on graduate and undergraduate military college program development and instruction. He is a program director for two undergraduate programs and one graduate program at Norwich.
Will Eberle, MPA, lives in Northfield, Vermont with his wife, young children, and preternaturally naughty terrier. He is currently a Field Director for the Vermont Agency of Human Services and has held a number of roles in the human service sector including serving as the Executive Director of a mental health drop-in center, providing training and Technical Assistance for the Federal Government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, providing vocational training and mentorship for at-risk youth, and doing street outreach for runaway and homeless youth.
Ms. Jacqueline Shiner, Founder and Principle of OSA Proposals LLC, a proposal and pricing development firm located in Vermont. Jacqueline Shiner has more than 19 years’ experience in Federal Government Contracting developing pricing, proposals and indirect rates that have helped companies win, successfully execute, and ultimately profit from government, donor, and commercial contracts. She has worked on both small and large (billion dollar-plus), highly technical proposals and contract opportunities.
Janice F. Hansen is the program coordinator for the Master of Science in Nursing program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and her MA in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. She continued her studies and earned a MSN with a specialty in medical and surgical nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. Hansen has an impressive background as an educator, practitioner, and administrator.
Susan Platt possesses a unique blend of legislative and political insight, amassed from 30+ years of experience on the national, federal and state levels. She has also been the host of radio talk show “PLATT-iTUDES”, based in Richmond, VA on WJFN Radio.
Julie Scribner has served with the Vermont State Police since January of 2001. She is the Captain and commander of the Staff Operations section in the Support Services Division. She was a road Trooper until 2008, when she began serving as a Detective Trooper, primarily investigating crimes against children. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2010 and spent four years working as a Recruiter and Training Coordinator. In 2014, Julie transferred back to the Criminal Division as a Detective Sergeant, focusing on death investigations and major crimes. She was promoted t
Dr. Billy V. Powers is a core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, teaching in the core curriculum.
Vickie R. Williams-Cullins has been described as tenacious, authentic, passionate, a community activist and a servant leader. Vickie is determined to be a change agent within her sphere of influence. She created OPN-Door Communications; a mediation, conflict coaching and training firm. OPN-Door Communications was developed to help business and families resolve conflicts, communicate effectively, build relationships, retain relationships, maintain relationships, preserve relationships, and sever relationships with dignity and diplomacy.
Angelia Williams Graves was elected as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 90th House district in Virginia in January 2021. She previously served on the Norfolk City Council since November 2, 2010 and represented the residents of Superward 7. She served as the city’s Vice Mayor from 2013-2016. As a member of council she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for the St. Paul’s Quadrant revitalization project.
Bill Ackman has over 30 years’ professional engineering experience when combining his private sector, state and local government experience. His responsibilities have included the review and approval of construction drawings on behalf of a local and state government as well as all aspects of preparing and overseeing the design of new school sites, road improvement projects, residential subdivisions and various other commercial projects.
Rick Grimm was appointed as NIGP’s 5th Executive Vice President/CEO in January 1998 and has served the NIGP membership for more than 20 years. Prior to his appointment, he was employed in county government and a public-school district for 23 years including 12 years in public procurement management.
A team of distinguished professionals from the industry and field offer their expertise and guidance as advisory board members for the Master of Public Administration program.
The need for strong public servants in government agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and not-for-profits is greater than ever. That’s where Norwich University’s online Master of Public Administration can help. Our program is designed to help you develop the skills you need to build better cities and towns, stronger government, and more successful not-for-profits.
Our online Master of Public Administration delivers our tradition of values-based education on a flexible online platform while connecting you with professionals from around the world. With Norwich, you can develop the key public administration skills you need to effectively manage in a demanding and evolving system.
Strong Commitment to Our Program Mission
The mission of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Norwich University is to prepare and support diversified adult learners who are military and non-military, to become knowledgeable, innovative public sector leaders. The MPA program develops leadership characteristics driven by fundamental public administration values, including those that are at the core of Norwich’s history and tradition. Norwich MPA faculty members are academically and professionally prepared to advance the mission with practitioner-oriented educational experiences available through state-of-the art, online course delivery and external partnerships. Culminating experiences of a Capstone Project and portfolio development provide the opportunity for problem solving and a retrospective on coursework. (Adopted January 22, 2016, Updated April 4, 2018). Click here to view the program's Diversity Philosophy and Strategy.
Master of Public Administration
- Criminal Justice and Public Safety
- Fiscal Management
- Municipal Governance
- Nonprofit Management
- Public Administration Leadership and Crisis Management
- Policy Analysis and Analytics
- Procurement and Government Contract Management
Tailor your studies based on your career goals and personal interests with seven concentration options.
Build your exit portfolio, which is designed to show your skills, competency and application of program concepts to real-world challenges.
Apply to one of four start dates per year.
Learn from a faculty that includes former and current leaders in the military, and heads of city, state, and federal departments; criminal justice organizations; and nonprofits as well as respected researchers and scholars.
Benefit from enhanced classroom experiences and practical learning, including a partnership with The MITRE Corporation.
Join a university with a long tradition of public service education and leadership.
Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to U.S. News & World Report.*
*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who received the average level of need-based financial aid.
Accreditation & Recognition
Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Jennifer Gagnon is the Associate Program Director for the Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Information Systems, and Master of Science in Criminal Justice programs. She joined Norwich University in August 2006, and spent several years supporting several graduate programs and advising students through their academic journey at Norwich. In 2009, she completed the Master of Justice Administration program at Norwich and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
Amy joined Norwich University’s advising team in August 2019. Prior to Norwich, Amy worked as an admissions counselor at another university. Amy has a B.A. in English and B.S. in secondary education from the University of Vermont, and a M.A. in English and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Amy enjoyed working in secondary education and early childhood education before finding her home in higher education.
Dr. Billy V. Powers is a core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, teaching in the core curriculum.
Dr. Emmanuel N. A. Tetteh is a core faculty member in Norwich University's Master of Public Administration program, Policy Analysis and Analytics Concentration. He has a vast range of professional experience, ranging from community service, religious service projects and faith-based initiatives, nonprofit management, security management, higher education administrative services, and teaching and learning facilitation for adult learners from diverse backgrounds via face-to-face and online learning platforms.
Get to know the graduates of Norwich's online Master of Public Administration program.Resources
At a Glance
- No GRE/GMAT required
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT
Extended hours available by appointment
Transfer CreditsYou may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
International AdmissionsNorwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
Norwich Alumni BenefitsReconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.
Norwich provides a top-notch educational experience; we also work hard to help make it affordable. There are many ways to get financial aid and several strategies to help you finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you.
Financial Aid Resources
Tuition at a Glance
- Credit Hours: 36
- Cost Per Credit Hour: $719
Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time
Students can choose from a variety of courses specific to the field of public administration. Course topics include strategic planning, finance, organizational leadership, public policy development, and evaluation.
Students can choose from one of seven concentrations: criminal justice and public safety, public administration leadership and crisis management, fiscal management, nonprofit management, municipal governance, policy analysis and analytics, and procurement and government contract management.
The final seminar offers students the opportunity to apply their learning in two tangible ways: the preparation of a capstone paper that offers a practical or theoretical solution to a program, operation, or policy; and the writing of a paper suitable for publication in a professional journal.
The program’s six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.
Master of Public Administration alumni are employed by organizations such as the Air National Guard, Barnes ANGB, Catholic Charities, City of Houston, Department of Defense, United States Senate, USAID, and U.S. Navy.
All public administration program faculty members have advanced degrees (most are terminal) and are subject matter experts in public administration. They represent a wide variety of academic disciplines including: public administration, justice administration, philosophy, public affairs, criminology, education, law, and human services. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience and a history of leadership in academia, the private sector, or the public sector.
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, or SpanTran.
- The GRE is not required to apply, but may be requested based upon an applicant's undergraduate GPA.
- If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test (iBT)) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.
Price per Credit: $719
Term Tuition: $4,314
Technology Fee: $300/term
Library Fee: $75/term
Graduation Fee: $150/one-time
Total Program Cost (6 terms): $28,284
When you apply for admission to the Master of Public Administration program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.
Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.
Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient.
Norwich Alumni Scholarship
Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.
Active Duty Military Scholarship
Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.
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