Online Master of Public Administration Degree

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Program at a Glance
  • Employment of social and community service managers in the U.S. is projected to grow faster than average between 2018 and 2028.*
  • Develop the high-level knowledge to evaluate, implement, and manage policy, and make ethical and effective decisions in the interest of the public.
  • Earn your MPA degree 100% online, while meeting the demands of your career.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Master of Public Administration Overview

Purdue Global’s Master of Public Administration online degree is designed to help practicing and aspiring administrators develop the skills and techniques necessary to take on leadership roles in fields such as government, public safety, security and protection, and emergency management.

Curriculum spans diverse topics including public administration and management, ethics and leadership, budgeting and the administration of public funds, strategic planning, and human resource management. You’ll focus on:

  • Applying knowledge of practice in public administration to make effective decisions that create public value in diverse and dynamic situations
  • Evaluating the social and ethical implications of decisions made in the public interest
  • Innovating to address issues and opportunities in the public sector
  • Assessing theoretical foundations, current knowledge, and trends in public administration and public service
  • Employing financial knowledge to make sound and ethical decisions in the public interest
  • Considering cultural, individual, and role differences of constituents and stakeholders
  • Using principles of leadership to shape change and improve the governance and management of public policy

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the online master’s in public administration, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Courses Taught by Highly Respected Faculty

Learn from faculty with real-world experience. Our curriculum is vetted by leading and experienced professionals, so you learn the latest skills and practices.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit or call 800-621-7440.

What Can I Do With a Master's in Public Administration?

Qualified and educated administrators are expected to remain in demand across the public sector. When you graduate with a master's in public administration you may qualify to serve in a variety of leadership roles in areas such as the executive arm of local, state/provincial, and federal/national government; nongovernmental organizations; public sector organizations; and nonprofit and volunteer sectors.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Coordination
  3. Monitoring
  4. Social Perceptiveness
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Opportunities for Professional Development

Online discussion boards allow you to engage with students from around the country and learn from their experiences.

You can also take advantage of the Graduate Resource Center, a self-paced course that includes information on professional memberships and clubs, career services, social networking, and more.

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The Master of Public Administration focuses on the in-depth leadership knowledge and skills for today's public sector. You'll have the opportunity to explore topics such as ethical decision-making, finance, and diversity.

Sample Courses
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Research and Writing in Public Administration
  • Leadership in the Public Sector
  • Finance and the Administration of Public Funds
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits55
  • Total Credits55

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 231 Faculty publications in 2018–2019
student at desk icon More Than 50,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2018–2019

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year.

Earn an Executive Juris Doctor Degree 1 Year Sooner

Upon graduating, you can apply some of your courses toward an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree at Concord Law School. Save up to $8,300 in tuition and graduate a year sooner. You could earn both a master’s and EJD degree in as few as 3.5 years. See which courses transfer.

Unlike the JD, which prepares you to sit for the bar exam and practice law, the online EJD is designed to help you build legal expertise to use in your career. Learn more.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about our Master of Public Administration program and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue Global alumni are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction on Concord programs. Tuition savings calculated as 21 credit hours x reduced per credit tuition rate of $396 = $8,316. Savings will vary based on the courses completed in the student’s master’s degree program. Credits apply toward open elective and/or specialty electives in the EJD program.

Time savings based on a student who applies 21 credit hours toward the 3-year EJD program; remaining 48 credits can be completed in 2 years of study. MPA can be completed in 1.5 years of study when adhering to the recommended course-load each term, taking courses in sequence, and without interruptions such as a leave of absence.