Online Master of Public Administration Degree Program

Belhaven University's Online Master of Public Administration has been ranked among the nation's most affordable by GradSchoolHub.com.

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 eight 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
  • 8-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

Master of Public Administration Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MPA 601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MPA 607 Ethics and Society 3
MPA 604 Organizational Behavior 3
MPA 603 Research Methods in Public Administration 3
MPA 609 Administration of Financial Resources 3
MPA 605 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MPA 611 Public and Administrative Law 3
MPA 610 Economics and Public Policy 3
MPA 606 Human Resources Development and Administration 3
MPA 608 Management Research-Project 3
MPA 612 Public Policy Analysis 3
MPA 613 Research Capstone Project 3
Total 36

View Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

The online 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.

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
Total Electives 9

These rates are for August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Graduate MAT/MBA/MHA/MPA/MSL $565
Grad. Certificates - Finance, Health, HR,Leadership, Public Admin. $565
Graduate Military – currently serving $375
Graduate Military – Veteran or Spouse $452

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