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Master of Public Administration

Leadership is key to strong communities. Unlock your ability to serve.

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, and a commitment to public service. Norwich MPA faculty members are academically and professionally prepared to advance the mission with practitioner-oriented educational experiences available through state-of-the art, on-line course delivery and external partnerships. Culminating experiences include a capstone project, portfolio development and a residential conference, which complement the MPA online delivery method and provide the opportunity for problem solving, a retrospective on coursework, face-to-face collaboration and networking, and public service projects. (Adopted January 22, 2016, Updated April 4, 2018).


  • Master of Public Administration
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Fiscal Management
  • International Development and Influence
  • Municipal Governance
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Administration Leadership and Crisis Management
  • Public Works and Sustainability
  • Policy Analysis and Analytics

Why Norwich?

Tailor your studies based on your career goals and personal interests with eight 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.

Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

18 Months

Average time to program completion

3 December

Next Start Date

5 November

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. - the nation's oldest regional accrediting body - through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Regional Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.


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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.



Online Master of Public Administration Curriculum

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.

Core Curriculum

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).

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.

Fiscal Management

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.

Our Collaboration with Federal Publications Seminars (FPS)
The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University is proud to partner with FPS, a leading provider of practical, high-quality courses and materials for government contract professionals. The purpose of this relationship is to provide students from FPS academic credit towards completing their master's degree at Norwich.

International Development and Influence

Develop the skills you need to influence the international stage. Explore global economics, human rights issues, sustainability, international law, foreign policy, and international security.

Municipal Governance

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.

Nonprofit Management

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.

Public Works and Sustainability

Prepare to successfully manage municipalities, statehouses, or agencies with our public works and sustainability concentration. Develop your communication and decision-making skills, while building your network with professionals across the U.S.

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.

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.

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.


Our online Master of Public Administration program ends in a residency at the historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.


Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees

Careers & Outcomes

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 more than 20% of responding Norwich Master of Public Administration graduates earn 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:

Career Roles

  • Assistant Director of Public Works
  • Audit Supervisor
  • City Public Works Manager
  • Director of Environmental Quality
  • Director of Public Works
  • District Division Chief
  • Finance Manager
  • Litigation Manager Specialist
  • Manager of Global Sponsorship Services
  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Senior Budget Analyst
  • Senior Special Agent
  • Town Manager

Our alumni have held positions at top organizations, including*:


  • De Leon Springs State Park
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Secret Service
Public Sector

  • Dulles International Airport
  • State Farm Mutual Insurance Company
  • Carlisle Early Education Center
Nonprofit Sector

  • Burlington County Board of Social Services
  • Save the Children
  • Public Health Management Corporation
  • Tri County Community Action Programs Inc.

Read more about our MPA student outcomes.


*Source: Norwich University Master of Public Administration Graduate Survey, fielded March 2014

Student Consumer Data - Graduation Rates for Master of Public Administration


Where are Norwich Alumni Today?

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Bryan Jones

Alumnus named Public Innovator of the Year.

Class of 2012,
Master of Public Administration

Pamela Johnson

Alumnae seeking safety initiatives for a school district in California.

Class of 2013,
Master of Public Administration

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Billy V. Powers

Core faculty member featured article series in the PA Times.

Master of Public Administration

Bill Bessette

Named an executive director at the College of Southern Maryland.

Class of 2014,
Master of Public Administration

Faculty & Staff

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.

Advisory Board

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.


Get to know the graduates of Norwich's online Master of Public Administration program.

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