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Purdue University Global | Master of Public Administration

Students enrolled in Purdue University Global's Master of Public Administration program could develop skills necessary for employment in the governmental or non-profit sectors, including management and administration skills. Learn more about the Master of Public Administration program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students of the Master of Public Administration program need to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students should also have an interest in public administration as well as some experience working as an administrator. Finally, students are recommended to have completed the following courses at an accredited university prior to enrolling:

  • American Government
  • Statistics
  • Public Policy

Program Description:

Gain a recognized industry credential and prepare for leadership roles in the public sector. Expand your expertise in strategic planning, ethics, management, fiscal responsibility, and more. Earn your degree 100% online, on your schedule.

• Program Highlights: Study research, writing, and law in public administration; public sector leadership and HR management; administering public funds; balancing the budget; program evaluation; policy analysis, and more.

• Career Opportunities: City manager, nonprofit director/president, human services assistant director, research/policy analyst, county administrator, medical health service manager

• Emphasis on Applicable Skills: Complete a capstone project in which you solve complex real-world public administration challenges.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

55 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Public Administration:

Students of the Master of Public Administration program are required to complete ten courses (50 credits) as part of the core requirements and one master's capstone course (5 credits).

Core Requirements (55 credits

  • Public Administration and Management
  • Research and Writing in Public Administration
  • Leadership in the Public Sector
  • Finance and the Administration of Public Funds
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
  • Administrative Law in Public Administration
  • Balancing the Budget - Budgetary Process
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • 500/600 Level: Public Administration Elective
  • Master's Capstone in Public Administration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Master of Public Administration program can pursue the below doctorate degrees at Concord Law School at Purdue University Global:

  • Juris Doctor
  • Executive Juris Doctor

Career Paths:

Students who complete Purdue University Global's Master of Public Administration program have important skills and knowledge in leadership in public service fields. Graduates of this program generally can pursue the below positions:

  • General manager
  • Operations manager
  • Legislator
  • Transportation manager
  • Social and community service manager

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