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You are dedicated to making a difference, and an online Master in Public Administration (MPA) 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 18-24 months, you can complete this program 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.

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Concentration
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security 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.

Graduates of this concentration learn how to prepare and lead response plans in times of emergency, providing relevant opportunities for career entry or advancement at federal, state and local levels of government. Career opportunities include titles like Emergency Management Specialist and Preparedness Specialist.

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earning a master’s in public administration online.

Our online program includes a unique combination of graduate-level public administration and business courses that enhance your executive administration skills, which can be applied to your current organization right away or transferred to an advanced position in higher education, health care administration and traditional public serving organizations. Through practical coursework, you will learn to:

  • Analyze public policy formulation, interactions, implications and avenues of impact
  • Demonstrate ethical leadership and management skills
  • Apply principles of finance to public and nonprofit operations
  • Identify, analyze, evaluate and implement research-based public administration practices
  • Formulate and implement new or expanded government/nonprofit services and programs, and consolidate/eliminate 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. 

Master of Public Administration
Normal Program Length: 26 Months
This program is offered online.

Students in the John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education Master of Public Administration degree program are molded into future policy makers, public administrators, and public managers through coursework that trains them in critical decision making skills. The online program includes a unique combination of public administration courses and business courses offered through The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business online Master of Business Administration program.

Graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers in federal, state, and local government administrative and management positions. Graduates may also seek employment in the non-profit sector, in private or non-governmental organizations. Specific positions include budget and policy analyst, program manager, city and county manager, chief administrative officer, and program evaluator.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will analyze public policy formulation, interactions, implications, and avenues of impact.
  • Students will demonstrate ethical leadership and management skills.
  • Students will apply principles of finance to public and non-profit operations.
  • Students will identify, analyze, evaluate and implement research-based public administration practices.
  • Students will formulate and implement new or expanded government/non-profit services and programs, and/or consolidate/eliminate under-performing or obsolete programs and services.
34MPA Core Courses21 crss
35PAD601 The History & Future of Public Administration3 crs
36PAD610 Ethics in Public Administration3 crs
37PAD616 Public Policy3 crs
38PAD625 Labor Law and Relations3 crs
39PAD634 Public Finance Policy and Application3 crs
40PAD645 Risk Management for Public Administrators3 crs
41PAD656 Research Methods for Public and Nonprofit Administrators3 crs
42Core Business Courses*12 crss

The University reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The University will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.

For full course descriptions please refer to the University Catalog for the current Academic Year.


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 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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