Master of Public Administration

Knowledge, insight and leadership skills for public administration professionals

Public administration is a challenging field that focuses on developing, establishing and implementing initiatives that impact organizations and communities. While many in this field work within the government, public administrators may also work for private organizations and within the nonprofit sector. The work done by public administration professionals can have a profound impact on the agencies, organizations and communities they serve. Those interested in working within this field need extensive knowledge, strong ethics, leadership skills and a commitment to ongoing education to be successful.

Enhance your public administration career

Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree can help public administration professionals, or those interested in entering the field, gain the knowledge and skills they need to be effective leaders. This program is designed to align with key industry standards. Upon graduation students will have the knowledge and leadership skills needed to take on management roles in the public sector and in a variety of organizations.

This program provides students with a deep understanding of how government agencies function and the role public administrators play within these organizations. Students will explore the administration challenges that exist within a complex and pluralist environment, including how outside influences impact public policy. They will also learn about public policy processes, budgeting, human resources, organizational behavior, and public program evaluation.

Earn your public administration degree online

At Northcentral University, you can complete your Master of Public Administration program online, when it is most convenient for you. We also have weekly start dates and don’t require group projects or GRE/GMAT exams. This provides you the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule. And even though you attend class online, at NCU you’re not alone. We provide personal support and guidance to our students.

Career Potential

  • Nonprofit Leader
  • Manager of a Government Office or Agency
  • Director of a Local Government Division
  • Operations Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Government Program Coordinator
  • Public Service Directors
  • Police and Fire Chief

Master of Public Administration: Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 36 Hours
Courses: 12 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 25 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Important Information for Student, Including Gainful Employment

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