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Online Master of Arts in Public Administration

Choose an affordable public administration degree that offers foundation and focus.

Requests for government services and nonprofit organizations are growing while resources shrink. In this ever-changing landscape, the field needs skilled, authentic leaders with a proactive outlook to guide public administration.

Choose a Government or Nonprofit Focus

The online Master of Arts in Public Administration is an affordable and convenient program that offers broad-based training designed to help students develop into authentic leaders in government and nonprofit sectors. The program's finance and HR courses are dedicated to each student's chosen focus area, allowing for a more specialized learning experience.

This 36-credit hour program can be completed in two years and requires no prior experience in public administration for admission, making it the perfect option for those seeking to join the field as well as those who want to advance in it.

Program Highlights

Apply skills that are vital to success in public administration leadership, such as the ability to:

  • Analyze the effects of public policies and laws
  • Handle changing circumstances and complex strategic decisions
  • Build alliances among and within organizations
  • Manage financial resources responsibly
  • Promote organizational effectiveness
  • Lead through respectful and responsive communications
  • Act ethically and with accountability

Explore a Range of Career Paths

The program's learning outcomes can be applied to a wide variety of roles in government or nonprofit organizations.

  • In government, you can pursue positions at the local, state, or federal levels, working for government departments or legislative agencies as an administrator or legislator in urban planning, community affairs, accounting offices, legislative offices, and independent agencies.
  • In the nonprofit world, the master's degree in Public Administration prepares you for administrative, development, analyst and research jobs at charities, NGOs, foundations, and more.

The affordable tuition includes a wifi-enabled iPad to help you complete coursework on your time. This provides you with the ultimate benefit of online learning — you can complete your coursework anywhere and on your time. Financial aid is also available.

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