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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Discover how to implement policies and programs that serve the public good and promote positive social change.

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

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Next Start Date: February 25, 2019

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Study the evolution of crime and gain an understanding of its impact on today’s communities and the challenges it presents to public administration agencies.

Examine vital emergency management issues and contingency planning.

Prepare to take an active role in helping global south regions or developing areas of the world achieve progress and modernize.

Gain an understanding of the issues that public administrators face at the local, state, and federal levels and the legal and regulatory challenges that can occur when trying to implement changes within public health systems.

Learn effective strategies to lead cross-sectoral organizations through crisis situations through knowledge of public conflict management and communication.

Study the structures and missions of NGOs throughout the world and focus on analyzing and synthesizing theories of ethics and social justice.

Explore the relationship between statutes and case law and the impact that legislation and court systems can have on public policy as well as fundamental legal concepts and topics in law.

Learn how local and state public policies shape how we live and thrive as a society and gain the skills to develop effective strategies for promoting growth and enrichment in your community.

Explore best practices for navigating through budgeting and finance issues, cultivating stakeholder relationships, and developing strategic plans that foster collaboration across sectors.

Gain a fundamental understanding of how to identify stakeholder interests and develop program evaluations as you focus on areas such as communications, healthcare, immigration, and transportation.

Learn how to develop and manage effective government programs at the local, state, and federal levels and make a positive difference in communities through public governance.

Become the leader you’ve always wanted to be. Expand your own ideas for effecting positive social change while learning critical leadership and practical skills such as grant writing and generating resources.

Examine the roots of terrorism, the impact of media and technology during times of crisis, and the factors that can contribute to violent acts, and implement public policy in response to potential dangers that threaten human rights and individual freedoms.

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

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.

A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into this 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 costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling , to learn more about tuition costs for this 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.
Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call .

Why earn your MPA at Walden?

Seth Barnett

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

Seth Barnett | Master of Public Administration (MPA) Graduate