The Master of Public Administration program was ranked No.18 in Nonprofit Management, compared with No.21 in US News and World Report’s Ranking of the best graduate schools for 2020. Seton Hall was also ranked 131st in the general ranking of public affairs.
Seton Hall’s online MPA program in nonprofit management is currently ranked ahead of many much larger and more prestigious universities, including the University of Texas-Austin, Duke University, Columbia, and the University of Michigan. MPA Director Matthew Hale, Ph.D., was delighted with the new ranking, saying, “We are encouraged to see our ranking improve from last year. We think this shows that Seton Hall is a program of national and international significance, that we truly are one of the leaders in nonprofit public service and education. “
Here are some more stats on nonprofit management rankings and where Seton Hall is one of them:
- Seton Hall is the smallest university on the list. After Seton Hall, American University (with about 13,000 students in total) is the only other relatively small liberal arts university. The other institutions, with the exception of the University of Colorado at Denver (with 18,000 students), enroll at least twice the total number of students enrolled by Seton Hall.
- Just under 80% of the institutions on the nonprofit list are large public universities such as Indiana University at Bloomington and the University of Washington.
- About 70% of the establishments listed are not programs or even departments, but full-service schools.
- Seven of the institutions on the list (Arizona State University, University of Central Florida, Ohio State University, Texas A&M University, University of Minnesota, Georgia State University, and Indiana University) are in the top ten in terms of total size, each with enrollments about 50,000 students. By comparison, Seton Hall has just over 10,000 registrants.
Over the past four years, the MPA program has strived to find new ways to improve and grow. In addition to offering the MPA degree with a concentration in nonprofit management fully online using an eight week cohort model, these new initiatives have also included:
- Reorganization of courses to reflect the growth of nonprofit management in the broader field of public affairs. For example, the faculty recently added innovative courses in Cross-sector collaboration and cooperation, nonprofit organizations and public policies, nonprofit advocacy and lobbying and the ethical challenges of Big Data to MPA course offers. These courses help students identify and solve the most pressing social issues of the day, whether they end up working in the public, nonprofit, or even private sector.
- Creation of an MPA concentration in data visualization and analysis, a collaboration between the MPA and the departments of mathematics, psychology and computer science.
- Expand “3/2” MPA programs to enable high-level undergraduates to receive both a BA and an MPA degree in five years. Additionally, the program increases the number of undergraduate majors eligible for our 3/2 program. There are currently 3/2 programs in Political Science, Sociology, and Religious Studies, and soon there will also be programs available for African Studies, Catholic Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Biology undergraduates. 3/2 programs allow highly qualified undergraduates to start taking graduate level MPA courses in their final year, and as a result, students can earn two degrees (a BA and an MPA) in five. years.
“This ranking is a testament to our national reputation and our strength in not-for-profit management, which is really great. But we are always looking for ways to expand and improve all of our offerings for students and stay current. cutting edge of public management and nonprofit administration, ”Hale says.
The MPA program is currently accepting applications for the fall semester 2020. More information about the program and its scholarships can be found More information about the program and its scholarships can be found here »