Ranked nationally in the top 5% by US News & World Report, the ASU School of Public Affairs is launching an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) degree in collaboration with the McCain Institute for International Leadership. The EMPA program is designed to develop an executive leaders’ capacity for effective decision-making.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

The ASU Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) is a 19-month online graduate degree program which also features 3-day face-to-face executive sessions in both Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The program is a collaboration between the School of Public Affairs and the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

The EMPA program is designed for public sector leaders throughout the world with a minimum of 5-7 years of progressive leadership experience and for experienced leaders in the nonprofit and private sectors who deal extensively with government officials. You will participate in the program as part of a learning cohort, and the one-course-at-a-time online structure will enable you to maintain a work/life balance as you immerse yourself in each topic. Your learning experience will begin with an orientation and executive session in Phoenix. Approximately one year later, your class will reconvene in Washington, D.C. for a second executive session. The EMPA program will end in Phoenix, where you will present your applied projects.

As a student in the EMPA program, you will expand the breadth and depth of your professional network. The online curriculum will attract a more geographically diverse pool of applicants, both nationally and internationally. The executive sessions in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. will further enable you to develop deeper relationships with your classmates. EMPA students will be selected based on their ability to demonstrate the value they would add to the learning experience of the entire class, and a new cohort will begin each year.

For more information about the Executive MPA Program and its cost, please visit https://ramseyexecutive.asu.edu/content/executive-mpa or contact Diane Mallory at Diane.Mallory@asu.edu or Hector Zelaya at (602) 496-1308.

ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:

  • Research is the forefront of all academic activities with 20 research centers for advancing research and discovery around challenges that affect us globally
  • Home to ASU’s most diverse student body —and the largest community of first-generation college students
  • #1 university in the U.S. for innovation
  • Named a prestigious global university
  • #2 university in the country for online undergraduate degree programs


Next Start Date:

Most Innovative

Featured Courses


The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity.


Recent Faculty Highlights Include:

  • Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association
  • Director inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration

Program Summary

Total Hours:


Related Careers

Students in the Executive Master of Public Administration Program already have achieved considerable success in their careers and are seeking to further advance or switch careers. Job titles of applicants admitted into the Executive MPA Class of 2019 include:


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Potential applicants who hold a bachelor's or master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution are eligible to apply to the program.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants are required to submit:

  1. Graduate application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Personal statement
  5. Resume
  6. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Admission Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Exceptions to the GPA requirements may be considered based on the professional achievements demonstrated by the applicant as determined by applicant's resume and other application materials. In addition to the GPA requirement, applicants will be expected to have five to seven years of progressive leadership experience.

The personal statement must be 300 words or fewer and should include what experiences and qualities the student will bring to the EMPA program. The student must also discuss their career objectives and how they plan to leverage the EMPA to help achieve those objectives. In addition, applicants also may provide any supplementary information that would strengthen the personal statement.

Affording College

Learn about the different types of financial aid and scholarship opportunities available. ASU offers a Cost Calculator, Budget Worksheet and Scholarship Search to make the college planning process easier.

Get program details

To learn more about this program, fill out the form below and check your email for information on next steps.