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Master of Public Administration

Master's

Program Overview

A Master of Public Administration is a versatile degree that will help you advance your career and prepare you for leadership roles in the public and nonprofit sector.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On-Campus, Online
Program Length: 2-4 years
Credit Hours: 37

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Since 1978, our highly-ranked MPA program has been helping public service-minded leaders like you take the next step toward innovative leadership. Our practical courses, which can be completed online or face-to-face during evenings and weekends, provide a strong foundation for any public-facing administrator, whether in the government, private or nonprofit sectors.

You'll gain skills and knowledge in how to manage employees, engage the community, design public budgets, analyze public policy and lead your organization toward a prosperous and sustainable future.

Our program is accredited by Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the global standard in public service education.

Program Highlights

As an MPA student you'll have the opportunity to:

  • participate in our program's own research entity, the Transnational Initiative on Governance Research and Education Network (TIGRE-Net).
  • participate in management simulations sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in South Korea and NASPAA.
  • apply to be a graduate assistant (on-campus students only.)
  • complete an internship. Previous MPA students have interned for the City of Flint, Michigan, the Jimmy Carter Foundation, and the Isabella County Office of Emergency Management.

Concentrations

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This specialization prepares you specifically for a leadership or management role in the nonprofit world. You'll learn about board governance and executive leadership, strategic planning, grant writing, public sector information technology and more.


This specialization prepares you for high-level roles in state and local government. You'll learn about government management, intergovernmental relations, politics and policy in urban communities and more.

Careers & Outcomes

Your MPA prepares you to be a leader in a public-serving role or organization. You can go on to work in local government, as a city manager or program director. You can become an executive director of a nonprofit whose work you're passionate about — or maybe you'll start your own! You can also decide to pursue a Ph.D.

Career Projected Salary
Policy Analyst $64,950
Administrative Manager $56,645
Social and Community Service Manager $65,320
Local Government Manager

$92,820

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