Online Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Are you looking to make a significant impact in public service? Arizona State University’s online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a transformative educational experience, readying you for high-impact roles in government, the nonprofit sector and beyond. Immerse yourself in a curriculum that covers leadership strategies, ethical decision-making and effective management across various organizations. Delve into specialized courses that enhance your ability to analyze policies, evaluate programs and understand the financial aspects of public administration. With an emphasis on developing skills in leadership, change management and organizational behavior, this program is your gateway to becoming a leader who drives positive change.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 14

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 42

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Prepare for a career in public service leadership

This MPA program prepares you for impactful public service leadership roles across all levels of government, nonprofits and private organizations. Throughout your courses, you'll delve into a core curriculum focusing on managerial and analytic skills essential for careers dedicated to the public good. You’ll learn how to integrate managerial, political and legal approaches to policy changes, as well as analyze ethical dilemmas and navigate the scrutiny faced by public organizations. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with crucial research and data analysis skills needed to evaluate organizational and public policies effectively. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • Diversity.
  • Ethics.
  • Financial management.
  • Human resource management.
  • Leadership strategies.
  • Management.
  • Organizational behavior.
  • Policy analysis.
  • Power, legitimacy and authority.
  • Program evaluation.
  • Public management.
  • Public sector motivation.

Who’s a good candidate for this MPA degree?

If you're about to graduate with a bachelor’s degree or have recently graduated, and you're looking to expand your education to prepare you for the professional world, then this MPA degree could be a great fit for you. Additionally, if you're currently working in a government or a nonprofit role and seeking career advancement, or if you're a private sector worker looking for more meaning in your work, this program could help you achieve your goals.

Additionally, military personnel looking to transition to civilian roles aligned with their values could also benefit from this program. However, if you're solely interested in professional and analytic skills without an application to public problems, you might be interested in our online Master of Science in program evaluation and data analytics program.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Online MPA courses

In this MPA program, you'll take a variety of courses designed to equip you for public service leadership. You'll dive into policy analysis, where you'll learn to dissect and evaluate policy impacts critically. Courses in public management and human resource management prepare you to effectively lead and manage teams within public organizations. Financial management courses give you the tools to oversee budgets and resources, ensuring fiscal responsibility. You'll also explore the nuances of organizational behavior, ethics and diversity, ensuring you're prepared to lead with integrity and inclusivity. Every course provides a greater understanding of the public sector, preparing you to make a meaningful impact in your career.


Core

Diversity, Ethics and Leading Public Change


Core

Microeconomics of Public Policy I


Core

Organization Behavior


Core

Public Affairs


Core

Public Budgeting and Finance


Core

Public Human Resource Management


Core

Public Policy Analysis


Core

Public Service Research I


The jobs this MPA prepares you for

With an MPA degree, you'll be prepared for a range of impactful careers, particularly in nonprofits or state and local agencies that deliver social services. Your job title could vary widely, reflecting the diverse opportunities available. Additionally, you might find yourself entering the private sector, working for consulting firms or contract research firms that serve government clients. The skills and knowledge you'll gain in this program equip you to excel in these roles, making a meaningful difference in public service. Potential career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Budget analyst

City manager

Data analyst

Legislative assistant

Management analyst

Policy analyst

Program manager

Learn alongside leaders in public service and administration

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.

Learn alongside leaders in public service and administration

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.

How to apply

Applicants to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Application requirements

Additional admission 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.

#2


best graduate homeland security and emergency management programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

#2


in the U.S. and #7 in the world for hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism, according to the Center for World University Rankings.

Top 5


Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management in the nation, according to U.S. News & Report.

Top 10


best online master's in criminal justice programs for veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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