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MPA in Public Administration, Organizational Leadership

Prepare for public service in local and state agencies and nonprofit organizations with a master’s in organizational leadership degree, focused specifically on public administration. You’ll learn to manage people, analyze the political sources of public policy and political behavior, conduct research and apply the ethical standards of law to policy process.

Study the Dynamics of Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

The Master of Public Administration (MPA), Organizational Leadership degree focuses on the frontiers, dynamics and foundations of public leadership, especially in the nonprofit business environment. You will have the option to customize your educational plan by selecting a set of electives in accounting, leadership and computer science.

As a master’s in organizational leadership student, you will:

  • Apply principles of public administration to a community activity.
  • Analyze a situation using public policy as a guide.
  • Develop a political strategy for problem-solving.
  • Apply principles of finance to decision-making.
  • Apply ethical reasoning strategy to public administration case study.


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Fall II (Oct 25, 2021)

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this Master program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted

    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    Graduate Level Exams

    Most of UMass Global’s Master Degree programs do not require a graduate level exam; however, there are a few that do. For detailed information about which UMass Global programs have graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog.


    Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program Curriculum

    • The MPA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the 24 credits for the specific core requirements, and the second segment consists of 12 elective or emphasis area credits.

      MPA Core


      OLCU 501 Organizational Research


      PADU 600 Foundations of Public Administration


      PADU 607 Public Policy Analysis


      FINU 610 Public Sector Finance 3
      PADU 608 Governance in the Public Sector


      HRCU 612 Human Resources Management in Public Administration


      OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics


      PADU 682 Public Administration Professional Practice


      MPA Core Subtotal


      Elective or Emphasis Area


      Select elective courses or emphasis area


      Elective or Emphasis Area Subtotal


      Total Credits


    • This leadership focus is best suited for students interested in careers in the non-profit sector.

      OLCU 621 Frontiers of Public and Nonprofit Leadership


      OLCU 626 Dynamics of Public and Nonprofit Leadership


      Select one of the following:


      OLCU 600
      Foundations of Organizational Leadership


      OLCU 602
      Self, Systems, and Leadership


      OLCU 615
      Leading Organizational Change


      Total Credits 12

    University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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