Whether it is at the local, state, or federal level, providing public service increasingly involves collaboration with multiple government agencies as well as private and nonprofit organizations. When you earn your master’s in public administration, you can be prepared to meet these challenges.

Walden’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed to help you develop the advanced competencies that are essential to becoming a successful leader in public administration. Gain the skills that can prepare you for cross-sectoral governance and enable you to deliver services to citizens through plans that are transparent, efficient, and ethical. As an MPA student, you can learn effective ways to balance budgets, write and negotiate contracts, manage conflict, and build partnerships.

Prepare to advance your career as you gain the knowledge to translate policies into programs that work for the public good. Through in-depth research, practical coursework, and a virtual city that simulates real-life scenarios, you can acquire the organizational capabilities you need to administer and oversee diverse and complex agencies.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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  • Tour Our Virtual City

    Virtual City

    Walden’s public administration programs allow students to solve real-world problems in our virtual city.Take a peek at New Harbor to see how.

  • Discover Walden’s MPA

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    Find out how Walden’s MPA can prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as a public-service professional.

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  • How I Use My MPA


    "Through my coursework, I literally learned how to run my organization, including how to work with politicians and how to apply for government grants. Walden has taught me how to run a successful organization."

    Jasmine Anderson, MPA '12

    Learn how Jasmine is using her Walden degree to effect positive social change.

  • Transfer credits for your masters program


  • Dollar signReceive a $3,000 Civil Service
    Change-Maker Grant when you start
    the Master of Public Administration
    (MPA) program on June 1.



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