Enhance your skills and expand your knowledge of public administration and policy with our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

In this program, you will explore effective ways to:

  • define public-sector problems.
  • build community partnerships.
  • develop and communicate creative solutions.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Duration: 30 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 23 credits

Choose from our General Program or 12 different specializations:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Global Leadership
  • Health Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

Learning Outcomes

The MPA program will give you a broad understanding of the field of public administration can help prepare you for a range of career options at federal, state, and local agencies as well as in the private and nonprofit sectors. Course topics include:

  • Ethics and Social Justice
  • Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
  • Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination

More about our MPA program

  • Career Options

    Your career options may include various roles, such as:*

    • Legislator
    • Social and community service manager
    • Political science teacher, postsecondary

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MPA program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the MPA program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your MPA at Walden?

  • Relevant Curriculum

    Coursework is based on the latest research and current best practices.

  • Exceptional Student Support

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Learn From Experts

    Walden faculty members are scholars, researchers, and distinguished leaders in their industries.



“Walden is a unique platform of education. They have mastered the art of nontraditional education."

Seth Barnett | Master of Public Administration (MPA) Graduate