Public Administration

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Gannon’s urban location offers our students easy access to a virtual public administration laboratory with close proximity to many public, private, government and non-profit sectors.


  • Program Overview

    Public administration focuses on the delivery of public goods and services, the implementation of public policy, and the execution of laws and rules.  Its studies, however, are much broader to include the functioning and leading of large and complex organizations.  By definition and necessity, public administration is both science and art:  science in that it is a study of how bureaucracies function and art in that it is a study of how to steer and manage organizations.

    Political appointees of the past are rapidly being replaced by a new type of public sector managers, more similar to executives, engineers, and accountants of the private sector.  Governments, agencies, foundations, and authorities are seeking highly motivated individuals with communication, critical analysis, public budgeting and human resources management skills, strategic planning abilities, grant-writing experience, program development capabilities, organizational skills, and the ability to solve problems creatively.

    Our central location to city, county, state, and federal government offices makes Gannon a virtual public administration laboratory.  Our close proximity allows for continuous interaction with government and agency leaders who visit classes on a regular basis and often serve as instructors themselves.  This is a program in which real world case studies are often the focus of seminar deliberations and class projects.  In addition, internship opportunities abound.  This practical experience adds balance to academic life.

    Mission Statement

    Gannon’s MPA program prepares its graduates to be competent administrators, professionals and leaders in public and nonprofit organizations, domestically and internationally. The program educates socially responsible world citizens through civic and community engagement and innovation and develops a worldview by infusing international perspectives and activities into the curriculum. The program is dedicated to emphasizing public service values such as public interest, efficiency, effectiveness, democratic representation and participation, equity, diversity, sustainability, and accountability.