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Online Master's Degrees in Public Administration 2023

Those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree can move into an area of specialization by completing approximately two years of intensive studies. Having a master’s degree shows employers you are someone who can finish what she or he starts. With so many new graduates applying for jobs, furthering your education often helps you to gain a competitive edge. What is an online Master in… Read more

Those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree can move into an area of specialization by completing approximately two years of intensive studies. Having a master’s degree shows employers you are someone who can finish what she or he starts. With so many new graduates applying for jobs, furthering your education often helps you to gain a competitive edge.

What is an online Master in Public Administration? Programs in this area of study give students of varied backgrounds the skills they need to move into coveted positions with government agencies. Although the education is virtual, most courses are taught, led and mediated by professionals who have experience in positions of authority. Specific courses depend on the institution, but may include law, health policy, critical thinking, conflict resolution and homeland security management.

Those who complete an online Master in Public Administration program usually graduate with a strong understanding of how governments are organized. Because leadership is a key component of public service, the student can learn to develop his or her managerial skills. Those with ideas may have the chance to refine them and learn how to become agents of change.

Program prices vary from one institution to another. Students can calculate the estimated cost of an online Master in Public Administration by looking up a university’s graduate-level tuition and multiplying it by the number of credits needed to finish. Contacting the admissions office is also a good idea.

Public administration graduates typically pursue careers in their individual area of interest. Depending on the person, this could mean a position in health, environmental services, parks, planning or another bureau. Some enter local or provincial government with the goal of creating or refining policy. Those who wish to keep their career in the private sector may be elected to the board of directors of a public agency.

Various institutions offer programs in public administration. An advantage of working on an online degree is the freedom to study from virtually anywhere. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, USA +1 More

Become an effective leader at any level of government. Apply to our online MPA program—established in 2013—and learn how to translate theory into practice. Complete in as few ... +

Become an effective leader at any level of government. Apply to our online MPA program—established in 2013—and learn how to translate theory into practice. Complete in as few as 18 months. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
18 - 36 months
English
Online
 
The University of Texas Permian Basin Online
Odessa, USA

Our online Master of Public Administration program is designed to help students enter into or advance their current careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. As you progres ... +

Our online Master of Public Administration program is designed to help students enter into or advance their current careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. As you progress through the program, you’ll learn how to address organizational issues and policy questions in a practical, competent, ethical, legal, and politically savvy manner, with the overarching goal of supporting the public interest. Graduates of our program go on to apply their expertise in a wide range of fields including healthcare, public safety, economic development, human services, criminal justice, parks and recreation, fine arts, and transportation. Our convenient online format allows you to complete studies on your own schedule and earn your degree in as little as one year. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
English
09 Jan 2023
26 Dec 2022
Online
 
American University Online
Washington, USA

American University's online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) program combines our School of Public Affairs' top-ranked, nationally recognized and NASPAA-accr ... +

American University's online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) program combines our School of Public Affairs' top-ranked, nationally recognized and NASPAA-accredited MPA and MPP degree programs into one foundational, highly marketable credential. -
Master
Part-time
24 months
English
Sep 2023
Online
 

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Seton Hall University Online
South Orange, USA

The online M.P.A. in Non-Profit Management from Seton Hall University provides a foundation in all aspects of public administration required to serve as an effective leader or ... +

The online M.P.A. in Non-Profit Management from Seton Hall University provides a foundation in all aspects of public administration required to serve as an effective leader or manager of a non-profit or government organization. -
Master
Part-time
24 - 36 months
English
Sep 2023
Online
 
Anna Maria College Online
Paxton, USA

Designed with law enforcement officials in mind, Anna Maria College's Master of Public Administration with a Criminal Justice specialization balances the leadership and organi ... +

Designed with law enforcement officials in mind, Anna Maria College's Master of Public Administration with a Criminal Justice specialization balances the leadership and organizational aspects of public service with the specific needs of the justice community. -
Master
Part-time
2 years
English
Online
 
Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs
Washington, USA

The Johns Hopkins MS in Research Administration is designed to benefit research practitioners, including those currently working in higher education, government agencies, and ... +

The Johns Hopkins MS in Research Administration is designed to benefit research practitioners, including those currently working in higher education, government agencies, and independent foundations, as well as those who seek to begin a career in research administration. Students will examine how the research enterprise is organized and led across the US, and internationally. -
MSc
Part-time
English
Online
 
Calvin University Online
Grand Rapids, USA

Guided by Calvin University's mission of renewal, the online MPA program equips you with the ethical leadership skills to serve communities across the globe. Public and non-pr ... +

Guided by Calvin University's mission of renewal, the online MPA program equips you with the ethical leadership skills to serve communities across the globe. Public and non-profit administration professionals work across many organizations. Calvin University offers a unique set of concentrations and certificates, which allow our graduates to excel in roles in public health, government, policy analysis, and administration. Complete the program in one to two years, ready to make a difference. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
Eastern Oregon University Online
La Grande, USA

Develop comprehensive public management skills and prepare to meet the demands of modern public administration with Eastern Oregon University's online MPA program. Small class ... +

Develop comprehensive public management skills and prepare to meet the demands of modern public administration with Eastern Oregon University's online MPA program. Small classes allow you to connect with expert faculty while maintaining the flexibility you need to continue working full time. Throughout the program, you'll have the chance to learn through collaborative projects, internships, fieldwork and research projects. Graduate in two years, ready to fill rewarding public service roles. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Online
 
Aurora University Online
Aurora, USA

Prepare for careers at the intersection of social work and public administration with the online MSW/MPA dual degree from Aurora University. This dual program is designed for ... +

Prepare for careers at the intersection of social work and public administration with the online MSW/MPA dual degree from Aurora University. This dual program is designed for the efficient completion of two graduate degrees, preparing you to make a positive impact in your community. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 5 years
English
Online
 

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Norwich University Online
Northfield, USA

The online Master of Public Administration program from Norwich University helps you develop the leadership characteristics necessary to make a difference in the public sector ... +

The online Master of Public Administration program from Norwich University helps you develop the leadership characteristics necessary to make a difference in the public sector. Courses are offered online through 11-week sessions and are taught by expert educators with real-world public administration experience. Many faculty members provide one-on-one attention to ensure students are getting the most out of the program. -
Master
Part-time
18 months
English
Online
 
University of Birmingham Online
UK Online, United Kingdom

Lead positive change, study the latest international thinking and master unique public-sector strategy with the University of Birmingham’s 100% Online Masters of Public Admini ... +

Lead positive change, study the latest international thinking and master unique public-sector strategy with the University of Birmingham’s 100% Online Masters of Public Administration. -
Master
Part-time
30 months
English
Feb 2023
Online