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master's degree

master of public administration

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1 year, 5 months

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register by: feb 17, 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.

you'll learn how to:

  • 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

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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.

save time and money on your 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.


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our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school.

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Accreditation & faculty

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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.

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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.