Master of Public Administration

Ginger Gold Schnitzer, J.D., Director, Master of Public Administration Program

A Master's degree in Public Administration is intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills required of successful public servants, non-profit workers, and private sector employees working towards the public good. The program will foster an environment of analysis and critique, while formulating solutions to issues addressed by public servants across all areas of nonprofit, volunteer, private business, and government service.

Program Availability

The courses are offered on a trimester calendar and during the summer at the Jersey City Campus.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires 36 semester hour credits. A capstone course is required and will be taken the final semester of coursework. The major component of the capstone is the completion of a research paper suitable for publication in a professional journal.


Saint Peter’s University assigns an academic advisor to every candidate.

Time Limitation

Students are expected to enroll continuously until their programs are completed. Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress by maintaining the required grade point average and accumulating sufficient credits within the stipulated time frame of five years. By federal regulation, F-1 International students must enroll as full-time students, so their time to completion will be considerably shorter.

Curriculum - Master of Public Administration

The Masters in Public Administration program is divided into two levels, as detailed below. The 36 credit program focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for professionals in the field of Public Administration.

Level I
PA-501Introduction to Public Administration and Service3
PA-510Ethics and Society3
PA-520Research and Analytic Methods3
PA-530Public Sector Finance and Budget3
PA-540Management and Conflict Resolution3
PA-550Quantitative Methods for Public Administration3
Level II
PA-555Public Policy3
PA-560Community Organizing and Development3
PA-565Seminar in Social Justice3
PA-570Managing Information Technology3
PA-580Capstone Project3
Electives (Select One Course)3
Internship (Domestic or International)
Sustainability in Public Administration
Advanced Independent Study in Public Adminstration
Leadership and Organizational Change
Total Credits36