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Master of Public Administration

Improve the World with an MPA Degree 

You are dedicated to making a difference, and an online Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Post University will provide you with the decision-making skills, business knowledge and planning techniques needed to lead and manage change in your organization and better serve the public. In as few as 26 months, you can complete your Master of Public Administration (MPA) and be prepared to advance to administrative, managerial or supervisory public administration careers in state, federal and local government, as well as nonprofit, private and non-governmental organizations. Through our online course format, you can continue your work helping others while you earn your graduate public administration degree. 

This program is also an excellent option for legal studies, human services, emergency management and homeland security, and criminal justice undergraduate degree holders to fulfill their potential in their field. 

Program Highlights

Our Master’s in Public Administration online degree program includes a unique combination of graduate-level business and public administration courses that enhance your executive administration skills. These are skills that can be applied to your current organization right away or transferred to an advanced position in higher education, health care administration, and traditional public service organizations.  

Through practical coursework for your online MPA degree, you will learn to perform in a leadership role in government and public-minded organizations. You’ll discover how to analyze public policy—it’s formulation, interactions, implications, and avenues of impact. You’ll know what it takes to demonstrate ethical leadership and management practices. You’ll cover the finance issues for public and nonprofit operations, research-based public administration practices, and the consolidation of underperforming or obsolete programs and services.  

Your online MPA studies will conclude with a capstone project, which is a research and data based applied policy plan to be completed over the duration of Capstone Part I and Capstone Part II. In Capstone I, students begin the background research necessary for their Implementation Plan, and Capstone II continues the project through to completion, presentation, and defense.  The written portion of a successful policy plan will include, at a minimum, an executive summary, introduction, policy overview and background, plan of implementation, financial plan, plan of evaluation, and a conclusion.  


Emergency Management and Homeland Security Concentration

Your Post University Master’s Degree in Public Administration program also offers the option to customize your education to your career goals with the Emergency Management and Homeland Security concentration. This concentration for the online MPA program of study addresses the policy, planning, security, organizational, and management decisions involved in emergency preparedness by using and evaluating analytical data to assess hazards and threats. Students will gain an understanding of how emergency management and security has changed since 9/11 … examine related cybersecurity issues … and analyze how agencies and organizations work together to save lives, protect property and defend our nation. 


Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.


What can you do with an online Master’s Degree in Public Administration? 

Upon completion of the program, you will be well-prepared for a variety of administrative and management careers in federal, state, and local government. You’ll also have the skills you need to make a real difference in the non-profit sector, or in private and non-governmental work. Your MPA degree will give you the tools you need to pursue leadership careers as a budget and policy analyst, program manager, program evaluator, or even as a chief administrative officer.  

Completing the Emergency Management and Homeland Security concentration will give you the skills to prepare and lead response plans in times of emergency. You’ll have the education—and credential—you need to pursue relevant opportunities for advancement at federal, state, and local levels of government as an emergency management specialist or preparedness specialist.  


Download your guide to learn everything you need to know about earning a Master’s in Public Administration online.


Advance Your Ability to Help Others  

At Post University, we emphasize relevant, career-oriented knowledge and skills. Our practice-based program has been vetted by business and public sector leaders and is taught by scholar-practitioner faculty with years of real-world experience. They will offer you valuable insights and advice, so you can launch, grow and transform government programs and nonprofit organizations upon graduation.  

Though you will learn in an online interactive environment, you will never be alone at Post University. A dedicated academic advisor will be available to assist you, answer any questions and help you overcome any challenges from the moment you enroll. 

Make the world a better place and move forward in your career.  Contact us to enroll  in our 100 percent online Master’s in Public Administration degree program today. 


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