MPA in Public Administration

Prepare for public service in local and state agencies and nonprofit organizations with your Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. You’ll learn to solve problems and help others and can customize your experience with a set of electives in accounting, leadership, marketing and computer science.

A Master’s in Public Administration to Help You Lead Your Community

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Gain essential skills for managing people, while analyzing the political sources of public policy and political behavior. In this hybrid or online master’s degree in public administration program, you’ll conduct research, explore principles of finance and budgeting and apply the ethical standards of law to policy processes. Graduates typically find jobs leading a nonprofit organization or working in local or state government. .

As a public administration master’s degree 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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Summer II (Jun 27, 2022)

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this master's degree 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.


    MA in Public Administration 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


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


    • MPA students may select an individualized set of electives (12 credit limit) from the graduate courses listed in the following areas (in consultation with an academic advisor): Business Administration, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, Human Resources, Organizational Leadership and Public Administration.  These electives may be used to acquire either specific leadership related competencies or greater knowledge about the student’s intended professional area.

      Students may transfer up to nine elective credits into the MPA program of study.

    • 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 two of the following:


      OLCU 600
      Foundations of Organizational Leadership


      OLCU 602
      Self, Systems, and Leadership


      OLCU 615
      Leading Organizational Change


           OLCU 650  Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Leaders  3
      Total Credits 12

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

    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. | MPA
    The structure of the program was a really good fit for me. After two other attempts to get my MBA – once in the ‘80s and again in 2009 – I was ready to get it done and I did at Brandman* . They have a great program and I would encourage everyone to go for it!
    Terry T. | MBA
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global

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