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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Transfer Credits: Up to 30 credits

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Examine vital emergency management issues and contingency planning.
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.
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.

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 specialist will help you gather all of the required materials, starting with your application and continuing all the way through your first day of classes.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with a Walden Enrollment Specialist today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.
Our Enrollment Specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

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


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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