Master of Public Administration

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The public sector needs strong, educated leaders who can make decisions that make a difference. Purdue Global’s Master of Public Administration is designed to help practicing and aspiring administrators develop the skills and techniques needed to provide leadership in a wide variety of public service fields.* The program focuses on teaching you management and decision-making skills; knowledge to help you become a successful leader in the public sector.

Master of Public Administration Program Highlights

The core curriculum teaches you how to evaluate, implement, and manage policy and spans diverse topics including public administration and management, ethics and leadership, budgeting and the administration of public funds, strategic planning, and applied research.

The Master of Public Administration emphasizes:

  • Public Value: Apply knowledge of practice in public administration to make effective decisions that create public value in diverse and dynamic situations
  • Ethical Decision Making: Evaluate the social and ethical implications of decisions made in the public interest
  • Innovation: Innovate to address issues and opportunities in the public sector
  • Knowledge Base: Evaluate theoretical foundations, current knowledge, and trends in public administration and public service
  • Finance: Apply financial knowledge to make sound and ethical decisions in the public interest
  • Diversity: Assess cultural, individual, and role differences of constituents and stakeholders
  • Leadership: Apply principles of leadership to shape change and improve the governance and management of public policy
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

When you graduate with a Master 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 voluntary sectors*
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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.


Start Date

April 18, 2018

Start Date

July 05, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

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. Courses include:

  • 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       
  • Administrative Law in Public Administration
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits55
  • Total Credits55

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.