Why Study Public Administration
Well-trained public administrators are needed today at all levels of government. Fiscal constraints and public demands for responsive government make effective management a necessity. MPA graduates hold policy-making positions with the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the national and state government. Graduates of Shippensburg University’s master’s program in Public Administration use their managerial skills working for local government, not-for-profit agencies, and in the private sector.
Why Study Public Administration at Ship
For almost 40 years, Shippensburg University has offered a master’s degree in public administration. The MPA program is offered both on campus in Shippensburg and at the
Dixon University Center in Harrisburg (DUC). We typically offer three courses per semester on campus and two at the DUC. You can take courses one night per week at the DUC and finish your course work in two years. If you take courses at both locations you can graduate in one and a half years or in one year by taking courses during the summer. Class sizes are small to promote group interaction and ensure each student can benefit equally from the insights of their professors and peers
Career Opportunity and Salary Estimates
The Public Administration Master’s program is a popular choice for anyone with a passion for public policy or a strong desire to work in civil service. You will develop valuable management skills and other tools useful for influencing policy decisions from the nonprofit/non-governmental sector. You’ll learn how to advocate for change and raise the profile of community stakeholders through effective, action-oriented discourse.
Shippensburg University is located just 40 minutes from the Harrisburg state capitol. Optional course content focuses on Pennsylvania-specific issues in state and local governance — giving you an important advantage when entering the public service job market. You’ll remain close to the Capital Region and within a short drive of Philadelphia, New York and other major East Coast cities.
The average salary for public administration jobs in PA is $53,000.