Online Executive Master of Public Administration

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.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 01/06/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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Details

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 http://ramseyexecutive.asu.edu/content/executive-mpa or contact Diane Mallory at Diane.Mallory@asu.edu or Hector Zelaya at (602) 496-1308.

Featured courses


Program Orientation and Executive Sessions in Phoenix, AZ


PAF 508: Organization Behavior


PAF 589: Leadership in Public Organizations


PAF 504: Microeconomics of Public Policy I


PAF 585: Strategic Planning for Public Sector Leaders


PAF 582: E-Public Administration


PAF 586: Data Analytics for the Public Good


Executive Sessions in Washington, D.C.


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:

Municipal fire fighting

First-line supervisor of fire fighters

Fire inspector

Fire-prevention and protection engineers

Fire investigator

Assistant director, county human services

Associate VP of government affairs, state university

Battalion chief, fire-medical department

Chief operating officer, non-profit advocacy organization

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and 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 of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and 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 of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Admission requirements

Application Deadline: October 31
The next cohort of the Executive MPA Program will begin January 6, 2021. We will begin accepting applications after February 1st. If you plan to apply for financial aid, we recommend you apply to the Executive MPA Program as soon as possible. The earlier you apply to the Executive MPA Program, the sooner your application will be considered by the admissions committee. Please note: applying for financial aid is a separate application process; refer to Cost for more information.

Nationally recognized public service programs

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.

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Top 10 Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Top 15


Best Public Affairs Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

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Tuition calculator

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