Fairfield announces new MPA program

Fairfield University’s College of Arts and Sciences will launch a new master’s degree in public administration (MPA), pending anticipated formal approval by the Board of Trustess at its March meeting. The program will be the first of its kind in Fairfield County, and will begin accepting applications for this graduate program, which begins with the Fall 2013 semester.

Fairfield’s MPA is designed for individuals in the public and nonprofit sectors, including those working in state and local government, public hospitals and nonprofit organizations. The MPA is now considered the terminal degree for professionals in these sectors and is rapidly becoming a requirement for advancement.

“Working professionals who have devoted themselves to service in the nonprofit and governmental sectors will no longer have to leave lower Connecticut to pursue a degree in Public Administration,” said Dr. Mark LeClair, professor of economics and director of the MPA program. “Fairfield County is our home, and we work with and among the nonprofits and city governments whose employees will benefit from this new, exciting program. The MPA provides the best preparation possible for those who want to successfully pursue work in public service.”

After studying the regional market, Fairfield chose to begin the program with two distinct tracks – nonprofit management and city/state administration. More tracks will be added as the program evolves.

The new program requires a total of 42 credits, including 11 courses, a six-credit internship and a three-credit capstone seminar. The rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses in communication, ethics and multiculturalism, as well as research opportunities in a personal and student-centered learning environment.

For detailed program and admission information, visit www.fairfield.edu/mpa. Prospective students who would like to learn more about the MPA or meet with faculty and advisors are encouraged to attend Fairfield’s next Graduate Information Session to be held at the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center on campus on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.