Online Master of Public Administration Degree Program

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The Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) equips graduates for increased leadership roles and management responsibilities within government and non-profit agencies. As a program designed for the professional working adult, the Master of Public Administration program consists of just 12 courses, each offered in a manageable seven week format. This graduate public administration degree program, from an accredited online university, will challenge, inspire, and help you to move your life forward-on your own time.

Change Yourself

  • BUILD on Certified Public Management designation
  • UNDERSTAND economic, political, legal, and social issues
  • DEVELOP a problem-solving approach to public 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

Change Your Life

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

Change Your Point of View

  • PARTICIPATE in learning teams
  • ENGAGE in Public Administration through scholarly and applied research
  • SHAPE your prospective through classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • 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
  • Competitive tuition rates
  • 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.

Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MPA 604 Organizational Behavior 3
MPA 605 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MPA 606 Human Resources Development 3
MPA 607 Ethics and Society 3
MPA 609 Administration of Financial Resources 3
MPA 610 Economics and Public Policy 3
MPA 611 Public and Administrative Law 3
MPA 612 Public Policy Analysis 3
MPA 615 State and Local Governmental Administration 3
MPA 620 Research for Public Administration 3
MPA 625 Public Administration Capstone and Program Assessment 3

View Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

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.

Course # Course Name Credits
MBA 671 Financial Markets 3
MBA 672 Investments 3
MBA 673 Contemporary Issues in Finance 3

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.

Human Resources Concentration Curriculum Summary

Electives: Choose 2 of the following (online only):
Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 661 HR Employee Relations 3
MSL 662 HR Compensation and Benefits 3
MSL 663 Issues and Innovations in Human Resources 3

These rates are for August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Master of Public Administration $585
Active Military Discount, Graduate Program $375
20% Discount: Military Spouse/Veteran/First Responder $468

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