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Online Master of Public Administration

Individuals who are interested in gaining the leadership and management skills needed for advanced positions in public administration should consider the online Master of Public Administration program offered by the University of Delaware. Read more about this fully online MPA degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration

School Offering Program:

The University of Delaware

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the online Master of Public Administration program at the University of Delaware may have a desire to pursue a professional career in public service. They must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Also required is a current resume, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. A GRE is not required for applicants with three years of relevant work experience.

Program Description:

The online Master of Public Administration program at the University of Delaware is designed to provide students with the leadership skills and foundational public policy knowledge needed to advance their careers in public administration and nonprofit management. The flexible online format allows students to maintain their current career obligations while taking courses such as Human Resources in Public & Nonprofit Sectors, Financial Management in Public & Nonprofit Sectors, and Leading Organizations in Public & Nonprofit Sectors. Additional courses cover public policy, ethics, performance management, and contemporary issues in public administration. The program culminates with a capstone course where students have opportunity to apply learned theory to actual practice. The program can be completed in less than three years and has no on-campus requirements or residencies. The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

36 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could receive tuition assistance aid in the forms of loans, scholarships, and grants. Contact the University of Delaware for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Public Administration

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact the University of Delaware to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (36 Credits)

  • UAPP 658: Contemporary Issues in Public Administration
  • UAPP 684: Performance Management & Program Evaluation
  • UAPP 689: Information Technology & Management in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
  • UAPP 690: Seminar in Public Administration
  • UAPP 691: Quantitative Analysis in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
  • UAPP 693: Economics in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
  • UAPP 694: Financial Management in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
  • UAPP 696: Human Resources in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
  • UAPP 697: Leading Organizations in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
  • UAPP 701: Public Policy
  • UAPP 650: Values and Ethics for Leadership and Management
  • UAPP 860: Capstone in Public Administration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the University of Delaware's online Master of Public Administration program may be prepared for a variety of careers in public service. You could seek positions in nonprofit and for-profit organizations as well as in local, state, or federal government. Potential careers titles for graduates include:

  • Program evaluator
  • Urban or regional planner
  • Community outreach manager
  • Town or city manager
  • Resource developer
  • Policy or fiscal analyst
  • Development director
  • Legislative assistant
  • Advocate

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