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Master of Public Administration
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
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The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
Individual courses are also available.
When you need graduate-level college credit for continuing education or professional development requirements, consider enrolling in an individual course. Many of the same courses offered in our degree programs are also available for individual enrollment. It's great way to "test-drive" the University and get all the same services and support we offer in our degree programs.
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Fees may be non-refundable. Students pay tuition on a course-by-course basis. All tuition and fees of the University are subject to change.
Federal Financial Aid Plan
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.
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How can I use my Military benefits?
Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program
With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.
Montgomery GI Bill
Post 9/11 GI Bill
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
Active Duty Spouse Benefits
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Benefits of this degree program
Master public administration fundamentals.
Explore domains in public administration including institutions, processes and human capital development, in the public sector. You’ll also learn how to apply technology in the public sector and develop an understanding of the tools used in public budgeting and accounting. Graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding in many fields of public administration including:
- Strategic policy planning and implementation
- Innovative public sector leadership competencies
- Strategic partnerships with other public agencies, as well as private organizations
Apply knowledge to contemporary problems.
Our Master of Public Administration program provides a solid education in advanced public sector theory and how it relates to today’s world. Most of our students are working learners who discuss how to apply these fundamentals to real-world problems. This combination of theory and practical application provides access to the workings within ever-changing public administration requirements.
Develop in-demand public administration skills.
The curriculum development team at University of Phoenix works with faculty members and industry leaders to develop a master's degree program that provides skills that are relevant to public administration. Explore the degree program that can help you gain the skills to be in demand.
Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.
Review the annual assessment results (PDFs) for this program.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
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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.
Courses are typically reviewed every 18 months, and new programs are developed based on the pressing demands within the security and criminal justice fields.