Online Master of Public Administration Degree

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Program at a Glance
  • Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow faster than average between 2016 and 2026.*
  • 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
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 55
COST PER CREDIT $420
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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 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 HLCommission.org 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, including:

  • The executive arm of local, state/provincial, and federal/national government
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Public sector organizations
  • Nonprofit and volunteer sectors

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.

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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

Program Brochure

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers, www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm. 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 cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.