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 degrees.  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 types 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, marketing, finance, strategic planning abilities, grant-writing experience, program development capabilities, organizational skills, and the ability to solve problems creatively.   

    To meet this demand, the Gannon Master of Public Administration and Master of Business Administration programs share resources.  This encourages public administration students to pursue management skills training with the rigor and dedication frequently associated only with business school training.  It also provides opportunities to specialize in selected concentrations.   

    Our experience as the region’s first and largest graduate school of management and administration has taught us some important lessons.  Simply having a master’s degree is no assurance of success or happiness.  To succeed, you need real skills; an understanding of the worlds of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors; practical experience, and a moral compass.  Our mission is to provide you with the vision, values, and leadership skills required for successful professional and rewarding personal lives.   

    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. 

    What Makes Us Different

    • Career flexibility in the worlds of the public, private, government, and non-profit sectors
    • Courses enriched by lectures from local government and non-profit leaders
    • The program offers flexibility to allow students to choose one of three elective tracks: the Administrative track, the Leadership track, or the Personalized track