Two Catholic Universities Collaborate to Offer Online Master of Public Administration

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 Notre Dame de Namur and Saint Leo universities now enrolling students for fall 2019

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 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.

 About Notre Dame de Namur University

Notre Dame de Namur University ( is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,500 students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third-oldest college in California and the first authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. Notre Dame maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice, and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including online MBA and MA TESOL programs, and a Criminal Justice BS ( Notre Dame has a historic California campus on the San Francisco Peninsula, and a satellite campus in Tracy, California, in the Central Valley.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. Saint Leo is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 12,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states.