Two established Catholic universities have come together to make it easier for education, healthcare, law enforcement, and other public-service professionals to pursue a graduate degree for career advancement. Through a collaborative effort, Saint Leo University will provide prospective students with an easy-to-navigate admissions process, and Notre Dame de Namur University will offer a quality online master's degree program in public administration that fits the career and lifestyle needs of adult students.

"One of the benefits of this partnership is that students now have two quality academic institutions working together on their behalf," said Dr. Melanie Storms, senior vice president at Saint Leo University. "Our goal is to offer a program that is easy for the working professional to enter and access."

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares professionals for administrative and management positions in public, nonprofit, and service-related organizations. The MPA is the preferred degree for many public-sector leaders because it delivers a comprehensive overview of organizations that rely on government budgets, taxes, or grants for funding.

The updated, online program helps students develop competencies for dealing with individual differences in skills and behaviors, and learn about the basics of personality development as it relates to management.

Many of the professionals who have graduated from Notre Dame's program hold leadership positions as county managers or police chiefs, as well as senior administrators in education, healthcare, and other public service organizations.

"Saint Leo and Notre Dame have produced strong graduates in these sectors," said Dr. Hernan Bucheli, provost at Notre Dame de Namur University. "As Catholic higher-education institutions working together, we are making opportunities for career advancement accessible to more people through our collaboration."

The fall 2019 term for the program begins on August 26, and applications will be accepted through mid-August. The GRE and GMAT requirement will be waived for new students.  

To learn more about the Master of Public Administration program and admissions, visit or call (888) 875-8265.