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Master's degree

Master of Public Administration

1.5 years

Approximate Program Length

36

Total Credits

$698

Cost per Credit

Online

Format

Start when you're ready

Register by: Feb 2, 2022

There are many challenges and opportunities in the public and nonprofit administration sectors. Lead the charge in solving them with our Master of Public Administration.

In as little as 17 months, you gain the skills to create and implement public policy. Classes are just 6 weeks long, so they won’t get in the way of your busy life. Plus, There’s no application fee, no SAT test requirements, and we’ll even request your prior college transcripts for you.

  • Leadership

  • Public policy

  • Communication

  • Problem solving

  • Financial management

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A degree built around the skills employers want

We know what skills employers want because we did our homework.

We worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills with our program to ensure you have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in your coursework.

Look for the skills icon to see exactly which in-demand skills you’re learning in the courses you take.

Skills-aligned program

Courses

1

Course at a time

6

Weeks per course

8

Courses per year

What you'll learn

When you earn your master’s in public administration online, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

You’ll learn how to:

 

  • Integrate leadership and management skills in context of public service organizations.
  • Integrate public administration principles in the policy process.
  • Analyze problem-solving approaches to public administration issues.
  • Analyze public service perspectives in fiduciary public administration environments.
  • Apply strategies for communicating with diverse and changing populations in public administration. 

 

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for an online MPA.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Public Administration?

An MPA can prepare you to be a: 

  • Chief operating officer
  • General manager
  • Operations director
  • Regulatory affairs director
  • Compliance manager
9 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management occupations is projected to be faster than average between 2020 and 2030.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

Tuition

Paying for school

While education costs have risen an average of 2.6% in the U.S. every year, our Tuition Guarantee ensures you’ll pay one flat rate from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate.

Earn your degree without starting from scratch

On average, students with prior eligible college credits and relevant life experience saved  $11k and 1 year on their undergraduate degree.

Credit transfer made easy

Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution. If you have law enforcement training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy or the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) you can apply to have that experience evaluated for college credit.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

 

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org. Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Real-world faculty

26

Average years of industry experience

10

Directors of Programs and Grants

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.