Master of Public Administration

The Fairfield University Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed for those working in the public and nonprofit sectors, recent college graduates, or those looking for a career change. Working professionals in this exciting field examine pressing social, ethical, and professional issues and develop strong leadership abilities for advancement in their chosen fields.

Fairfield’s state accredited program is ideally suited for students interested in a public administration degree. Students in this program will study current theories, trends, and issues related to the field of Public Administration and will engage in active learning, critical reflection and experiential practices that are the hallmarks of a Jesuit education. Courses emphasize theory, research, and application to advance careers in the following areas:

  • State Governments
  • City Governments
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Healthcare Management
  • Private Research

As a graduate student in this program, you’ll work closely with faculty to tailor your curriculum to your personal, professional, and academic goals. The MPA program offers flexibility for students' busy schedules and provides the highest quality graduate educational experience.


To earn the Master of Public Administration degree, students choose from a range of courses that have been designed specifically for the MPA program and may also take up to two courses in allied areas.

Students, in consultation with the program director, select courses to suit their academic, personal, and career goals.

MPA 0410Introduction to Public Administration3
MPA 0405Research Methods3
MPA 0400Financial Management and Budgeting3
MPA 0415Human Resource Management 13
MPA 0420Leadership3
MPA 0500Internship6
MPA 0510Capstone Experience3
Applied Ethics Requirement
CO 0440Ethics and Communication3
or Select one course in Applied Ethics
Communication Requirement
CO 0524Negotiation and Conflict Management: Communication Approaches3
CO 0540Intercultural Communication3
Elective Courses
Select three courses from a concentration of choice (see below)9
Total Credits42


In addition to courses offered by the MPA program, students may also choose from the following, with approval by their advisor and the offering department:

CO 0440Ethics and Communication3
MG 0503Legal and Ethical Environment of Business3

City/State Management Track

Select three courses from the following:
CO 0524Negotiation and Conflict Management: Communication Approaches3
ENW 0339Grant and Proposal Writing 1, 23
IS 0520Project Management3
MPA 0425Grant Writing3
MPA 0450State and Local Government3

Nonprofit Track 

Select three courses from the following:
AC 0380Not-for-Profit Accounting 13
ENW 0335Technical Writing 13
ENW 0339Grant and Proposal Writing 1, 23
IS 0520Project Management3
MG 0370Managing Non-Profit Organizations 13
MPA 0425Grant Writing3
MPA 0430Economics of the Nonprofit Sector3