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Master of Public Administration

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Master of Public Administration

The University of Phoenix Master of Public Administration degree program helps you develop the skills necessary to create and implement public policy. Courses such as Law and Public Administration, and Public Budgeting help you go beyond theory and gain real-world insight into how governments operate. Discover how University of Phoenix can help you cultivate the skills you need to manage in the public service arena.

What you'll learn

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed to prepare students for a leadership career within private, nonprofit, and public service organizations and communities. To prepare students for leadership careers in public administration, the program focuses on the regulatory, political, economic, social, and cultural environments and the theories and concepts that influence management and evaluation of diverse public service organizations, programs and processes; presents social entrepreneurial and business approaches to public service issues and opportunities at the state, county and local levels of government; and emphasizes adherence to the values and ethical principles of the public administration profession in all aspects of public service. The Masters of Public Administration program curriculum is based on the current accreditation standards set forth by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

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We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.

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The College of Security and Criminal Justice

The College of Security and Criminal Justice was created to provide degree programs that give students a deeper understanding of security and criminal justice best practices and help you advance your career.

Faculty with years of experience in the field

Our more than 2,200 faculty members have an average of 20 years of experience in the fields they teach and hold leadership positions such as chief of police, warden, security executive, judge, sheriff and more.

Updated curriculum

Courses are typically reviewed every 18 months, and new programs are developed based on the pressing demands within the security and criminal justice fields.