Kaplan University

Master of Public Administration

Students enrolled in Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program could develop skills necessary for employment in the governmental or non-profit sectors, including management and administration skills. Learn more about the Master of Public Administration program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Public Administration

Program Description:

The Master of Public Administration degree program at Kaplan University is designed to help prepare students for careers in the public sector, including in government and non-profit environments. The curriculum includes coursework that could allow students to learn about public management and administration, ethics, budgeting, and strategic planning. The public administration program emphasizes ethical decision making, innovation, diversity, and leadership. In addition to the core classes for the Master of Public Administration program, students can choose an intensive study area in criminal justice, governmental management, emergency and disaster management, or health care management. Intensive study areas provide specialized coursework and could allow students to develop more specifically tailored skills in these areas. Students also have the option to pursue the applied research track or comprehensive exam track.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

55 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Public Administration:

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

Core and Elective Requirements

  • PP 500: Public Administration and Management (5 credits)
  • PP 504: Research and Writing in Public Administration (5 credits)
  • PP 510: Leadership in the Public Sector (5 credits)
  • PP 520: Finance and the Administration of Public Funds (5 credits)
  • PP 530: Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PP 698: Applied Research (5 credits)
    • PP 602: Comprehensive Exam Capstone (5 credits)
  • Intensive Study Area Courses (25 credits)

Postgraduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students completing Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program could develop employment skills in areas like administration, budgeting, management, planning, and research. These skills could help graduates find employment in the public sector, non-profits, or private industry.

Graduates of this program could be interested in pursuing many different positions, including:

  • Non-profit administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • City manager
  • County administrator

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