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

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.

In addition to the core MPA classes, students can go on to earn a concentration in Human Resources.

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

Curriculum Summary

Master of Public Administration Curriculum Summary

Course Number Course Name Credits
MPA601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MPA607 Ethics and Society 3
MPA604 Organizational Behavior 3
MPA603 Research Methods in Public Administration 3
MPA609 Administration of Financial Resources 3
MPA605 Principles of Executive Leadership 3
MPA611 Public and Administrative Law 3
MPA610 Economics and Public Policy 3
MPA606 Human Resources Development and Administration 3
MPA608 Management Research-Project 3
MPA612 Public Policy Analysis 3
MPA613 Research Capstone Project 3
Total 36

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.