Online Master of Public Administration Degree Program

Announcing New Tuition Price: $9,975 for the entire program!

Public and non-profit service is a noble pursuit. That’s why we want to make it possible for more state and non-profit employees to obtain their Master of Public Administration (MPA) than ever before. Accordingly, Belhaven’s nationally recognized and highly respected MPA degree is now offered for the tuition price of $9,975! Belhaven University's Online Master of Public Administration has been ranked among the nation's most affordable by

Obtaining your Master of Public Administration degree will equip you for increased leadership roles and dramatically enhance your understanding of government and non-profit agency operations. Meaningful change starts with well-equipped leaders who are capable of handling complex challenges. Earning an MPA from Belhaven University will set you on a course to not only enhance your personal career, but also make a greater impact within your organization.

As a fully online program designed for the professional working adult, the Master of Public Administration program consists of just 12 courses (36 credit hours), each offered in a manageable seven-week format. The Belhaven online format will allow you to complete your degree anywhere, anytime, as you juggle your work, family, and academic obligations. Because we are an accredited online university, the Belhaven graduate public administration degree program will challenge, inspire, and help you to move your life forward-on your own time.

Change Yourself

  • UNDERSTAND economic, political, legal, and social issues
  • DEVELOP a problem-solving approach to management and policy analysis
  • BECOME A MORE proficient, empathetic, sincere, and compassionate public administrator and public servant
  • BE PREPARED to meet the needs and challenges of public service
  • BUILD on the Certified Public Management designation

Change Your Life

  • ATTAIN a rewarding career in public service
  • EXCEL as a professional with increased advancement opportunities
  • INCREASE your earning power
  • ATTEND flexible adult learning style with online classes

Change Your Point of View

  • PARTICIPATE in interactive learning discussions
  • ENGAGE in Public Administration through scholarly and applied research
  • SHAPE your prospective through classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Competitive tuition rate of $9,975 for the entire program!
  • 36 credit hours
  • 100% online
  • 7-week courses, taught year round
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Local Government Manager
  • Political Scientist
  • State and Federal Manager
  • Public Housing Manager
  • Budget Analyst

Admission Information

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any. A 2.5 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course. Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better is earned in each course.
  • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.P.A. program, may be admitted on a conditional basis. The student should submit an essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee.  Students admitted on a conditional basis to the M.P.A. program must earn a 3.00 grade point average in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.
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MBA-Finance Concentration Curriculum Summary

The Master of Public Administration with Finance Concentration is designed for students who would like an MPA but are also interested in the field of Finance. Finance teaches the techniques that managers use to make and evaluate all types of organizational decisions. In addition to careers in corporate finance, investments, and banking, this concentration allows students to prepare for a wide range of organizational activities.

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Note: If interested in the concentration, these courses are priced at the regular graduate credit hour fee.

The Master of Public Administration with Human Resources Concentration allows students to look into and experience the field of Human Resources. The courses will have a heavy focus on the study and application of human resource principles. Students will explore areas of study that include employee relations, compensation and benefits, and look at current issues in the field. Students who desire to pursue a MPA may already know the field they intend to work in, and will benefit from the opportunity to add a concentration to the core MPA degree program. Note, the concentration classes are only available online.

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Note: If interested in the concentration, these courses are priced at the regular graduate credit hour fee.


Belhaven’s business school is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education. Why is this important?

Knowing the School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education tells you that Belhaven University voluntarily holds itself to a set of quality standards and is willing to allow outside business experts come to campus and verify Belhaven is doing what we say we are doing. Belhaven’s commitment to the accreditation process benefits you because it ensures you will be provided a quality education. Additionally, it may assist you in meeting eligibility requirements for state and federal financial aid and in pursuit of graduate education.

These rates are for August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour Full Program Cost
Master of Public Administration $277 $9,975

* As these courses are deeply discounted, there are no additional discounts (military, first responder, education, etc.) for this program.

Visit the Scholarship, Discounts and Fees web page to view other fees and the cost estimate calculator.

We look forward to receiving your application! Please follow the steps on the How Do I Apply page to see how easy it is to submit your application to Belhaven University.