Marywood University’s New Executive MPA Program

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Marywood University is launching an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) Program to fast track graduate degree completion for those working in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. The program, set to begin in the fall 2023 semester, is currently accepting applicants.

Designed for working professionals with at least five years of post-bachelor’s degree experience, the EMPA program allows students to take graduate courses in public policy and administration without taking time off from their careers.

Consisting of only six courses (18 credits) divided between two semesters, classes are completely online and asynchronous (no specific date/time for meeting), giving students a path to completing a master of public administration degree in just one year. The curriculum features both practical and theoretical skills applications and engagement with practitioners in the classes. Students learn principles of public administration, public policy analysis, human resource management, research methodology, and public budgeting and finance, in addition to completing a capstone project.

“The style of the online classes fits the students’ demanding professional lives, while they are able to deploy their newly learned skills and knowledge in their chosen work,” said Alexander Dawoody, Ph.D., public administration program director. “It is the best of both worlds. The students continue to work as they learn, and, at the end of one year, they earn an MPA degree, helping them to advance in their career aspirations.”

For more information about Marywood University’s master’s program in public administration, including the EMPA program, visit or contact Marywood University Admissions by email at or by phone at 570-348-6234.