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Explore our Online Master of Public Administration.

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 online master’s in public administration, you can be prepared to meet these challenges.

Walden’s online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree 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 a student working toward your online MPA degree, 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.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $2,500 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 29, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

In the General Program, you will have the opportunity to gain cross-sectoral management and communication skills that can be applied domestically and globally.

Emergency Management

Designed for public safety administrators and emergency responders who want to move forward in their careers, this specialization examines vital emergency management issues and contingency planning.

Law and Public Policy

The Law and Public Policy specialization explores the relationship between statutes and case law and the impact that legislation and court systems can have on public policy.

Nonprofit Management and Leadership

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

Policy Analysis

This specialization focuses on the policy process, from setting agendas and using analytic tools to implementing legislation and gauging social acceptance.

Public Management and Leadership

The Public Management and Leadership specialization will enable you to make a positive difference in communities through public governance that includes transparency, accountability, and efficiency.

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Expand your critical leadership and practical skills—such as grant writing and generating resources—to support your own ideas and your organization.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.


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