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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Spring I (Jan 8, 2024)

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

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    The MPA program gives the learner what is needed to address real, important, public problems and it dives into what is means to be a successful, innovative & effective government organization.
    Chip M.
    Masters in Public Administration 
    At a time when having a bachelor’s degree is a minimum requirement for most positions in my field, having a master’s degree helps set me apart. It enhances my professional experience and bolsters my credibility as an expert in my field.
    Kristen C.

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this master's degree program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • 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.


    Curriculum Designed for Practical Business Application

    Courses in the master’s degree in organizational leadership program are designed to equip you with skills and knowledge that you can immediately apply to your job. Work toward your MAOL in four distinct stages:

    1. Start with a strong foundation of organizational leadership theory.
    2. Put what you learned into practice.
    3. Choose elective courses that align with your professional and career goals.
    4. Complete an integrative capstone course that reinforces the application of all the concepts and theories you learned throughout the program.
    • 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.

      Code Course Name Credits
      MPA Core
      OLCU 501 Organizational Research 3
      PADU 600 Foundations of Public Administration 3
      PADU 607 Public Policy Analysis 3
      PADU 608 Governance in the Public Sector 3
      FINU 610 Public Sector Finance 3
      HRCU 612 Human Resources Management in Public Administration 3
      OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
      PADU 682 Public Administration Professional Practice 3
      MPA Core Subtotal 24
      Elective or Emphasis Area
      Select elective courses or an emphasis area. 12
      Elective or Emphasis Area Subtotal 12
      Total Credits 36
    • This leadership focus is best suited for students interested in careers in the non-profit sector.

      Code Course Name Credits
      OLCU 621 Frontiers of Public and Nonprofit Leadership 3
      OLCU 626 Dynamics of Public and Nonprofit Leadership 3
      Select two of the following:
      OLCU 600 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3
      OLCU 602 Self, Systems, and Leadership 3
      OLCU 615 Leading Organizational Change 3
      OLCU 650  Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Leaders 3
      Total Credits 12

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