MPA — Nonprofit & Faith-Based Organizations

The Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit & Faith-Based Organizations is offered on campus and online through the Robertson School of Government to students wanting to pursue careers in the fast-growing sectors of nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Through case studies, service-learning opportunities and best-practice public administration analysis, you will gain knowledge in nonprofit leadership and management, human resources, budgeting, program evaluation, fundraising and non-profit startup — all through the lens of a Christian worldview.

The MPA program can be completed in approximately two years full time (four semesters or eight 8-week sessions; approx. 9 credits per semester) or three to four years part time (six to seven semesters, 12 to 14 8-week sessions; two courses per semester).

  • Explore management principles as they relate to board-staff relations; recruiting and motivating volunteers; accountability; and organizing for and managing growth and strategies to respond to changes in the political, economic and cultural environment.
  • Examine fundraising, including determining sources of support, planning the campaign and successful strategies, as well as how to market ministries.

The mission of the MPA program is to equip Christian servant leaders with exceptional character and competence to promote the public interest.

Career Opportunities:

  • Nonprofit Executive Director
  • Consultant
  • Church/Parachurch Professional Staff
  • Program Manager
  • Nonprofit Communications

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Delivery Format: Online | On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 37

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines: 2016-2017 Semester

Session Application Deadline Session Start Date
Session A Monday, August 8 Monday, August 22
Session M Monday, September 5 Monday, September 19
Session B Monday, October 10 Monday, October 24
Session C Monday, December 19 Monday, January 9
Session T Monday, January 23 Monday, February 6
Session D Monday, February 27 Monday, March 13
Session E Monday, April 24 Monday, May 8
Session F Monday, June 5 Monday, June 19

Note: The application deadline for international applicants applying to attend on campus is March 15.



Applicants for the Master of Public Administration must possess an earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign university.


Application Process:

Step 1: Online Application

Applicants must submit the Regent University Online Application.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Robertson School of Government will not be able to view your application until the $50 application fee is received by the university.

Step 2: $50 Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a Robertson School of Government on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee.

Step 3: Personal Essay

Submit a brief description (300 words or less) of your professional and career goals and how the Robertson School of Government can help you achieve those goals. This essay can be submitted to the admissions counselor via email at using the subject line: RSG Masters Application Pieces.

Step 4: 400-word Writing Sample

MPA applicants must submit a writing sample, which will be evaluated using the ETS Criterion Service. Please submit your writing sample using the directions below.

1.     Visit

2.     Click "Create Account."

3.     Fill in your account information (Access Code: AFYS - EF9T).

4.     Click "Submit."

5.     Click "OK."

6.     Fill in your new User Name and Password under "Returning User."

7.     Click "Sign In."

8.     Click "School of Government" under "Classes."

9.     Choose the "Assignments" tab.

10.  Choose one of the three writing sample topics provided by clicking on "Start Response." You will be provided with the question pertaining to the topic once you begin the timer for the essay.

11.  Click "OK" to acknowledge you are ready to begin your writing sample.

12.  Read the instructions for submitting your essay. Please keep in mind that you have 40 minutes to complete your writing sample, and the timer begins as soon as you click "Start Response." You will receive a warning when there are 10 minutes remaining on the timer.

Step 5: Résumé

Please send your updated résumé with three references and contact information to the admission counselor via email at using the subject line: RSG Masters Application Pieces.

Step 6: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts

Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: GOV Master's Application Pieces.

Step 7: GRE or LSAT Score (Optional)

Graduate school entrance exams (GRE, LSAT or MAT) are not required. However, applicants who have taken a graduate school entrance exam are encouraged to have their official scores sent directly to Regent University by the testing agency. Submission of scores may strengthen an application file and may increase access to scholarship opportunities.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Master of Public Administration $650 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

Technology Fee $250
Parking Fee (On-Campus Students) $100 (Fall & Spring semester)
Council of Graduate Students Fee $15 (Fall & Spring semester)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Whether you are a prospective student or a current student, your questions matter. Please take a few moments to skim our Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.

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