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Master of
Public Administration

NASPAA Accredited

NASPAA-accredited Public Administration Programming from the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs 

The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). NASPAA is the recognized global accreditor of master's degree programs in public policy, affairs, and administration. Their mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. 

Number of Students

As of the fall semester 2016, there were 325 students enrolled in the MPA program (56 on-campus, 269 online).

Time to Graduation

For the class which began in 2015-2016, 61% of residential students and 25% of World Campus students graduated in two years, 83% of residential students and 56% of World Campus students graduated in four years.

Completion Rates, Academic Year 2015-16
Modality Initially Enrolled Graduated within 2 years Graduated within 4 years
Residential 23 students 61% 83%
Online 151 students 25% 56%

Employment of Graduates

Graduates of our resident MPA program most often find employment within local or regional government, domestic-oriented nonprofits, and the private sector (non-research). Graduates of the online program are most often employed in national and local/regional government, the private sector, and domestic-oriented nonprofits. 

residential mpa placement


Residential MPA Graduate Placements 2020-2021 Academic Year (25% Response Rate)  
Job Placement Number of students
City, County or other Local Government   0
Foreign Government or International 0
Military   0
National or Central Government in the USA  0
Nonprofit/NGOs Internationally – Oriented   0
Nonprofit Domestic - Oriented  0
Obtaining Further Education   0
Private Sector – Not Research/Consulting   0
Private Sector – Research/Consulting   0
Quasi – Governmental 0
State, Provincial or Regional Government   0
Unemployed – Not Seeking Employment  0
Unemployed – Seeking Employment  1
Unemployed – Seeking Employment  3
Total Graduated  4
Online MPA grad placements


Online MPA Graduate Placements 2020/2021 Academic Year (75% Response Rate)
Job Placement Number of students
City, County or other Local Government  9
Foreign or International Government   0
Military   3
National or Central Government in the USA 6
Nonprofit/NGOs Internationally Oriented  1
Nonprofit Domestic – Oriented  6
Obtaining Further Education 1
Private Sector – Not Research/Consulting 10
Private Sector – Research/Consulting 2
Quasi-Governmental   0
State, Provincial or Regional Government   3
Unemployed - Not Seeking Employment  1
Unemployed – Seeking Employment 2
Status Unknown  16
Total Graduated  60


Students who do not have two years of relevant employment experience must enroll in P ADM 595: Internship. This course requires 150 hours of service. Examples of our students' internship placements in the past two years include:

City of University Park/Town of Highland Park, Texas
Tompkins County Planning Department, New York
Georgia Shift, Georgia
American Red Cross, Colorado
Department of Defense – Defense Logistics Agency, Pennsylvania
Tioga County Department of Probation and Parole, Pennsylvania

Student Services

Penn State has a variety of services available to ensure that students are receiving the necessary support throughout their higher education journey. Once admitted into the program, Public Administration students will have access to the MPA Administrative Support and Student Success Assistant in addition to many other avenues for support.

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