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Master's degree

Master of Public Administration

1 year, 5 months

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Register by: Jun 23, 2021

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.

  • Communicate with multiple stakeholders, elected officials and the public

  • Analyze legislative and judicial processes

  • Analyze and manage public financing and budgets

  • Understand the unique role of shared decision-making between appointed and elected officials

  • Analyze and present data to diverse stakeholder groups

  • Evaluate public sector programs for effectiveness



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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. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Data analysis
  • Communication
  • Human capital development
  • Organizational change
  • Public budgeting

Industry alignment

Our MPA curriculum is designed to align with leading industry organizations such as the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA®).


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
7 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management occupations is projected to be faster than average between 2018 and 2028.


Paying for school

locked-in tuition


Cost per credit

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.


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.


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

Real-world faculty


Average years of industry experience


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

NASPAA is a registered trademark of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

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.