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MBA in Public Administration

Northcentral University's Master of Business Administration in Public Administration program is designed to provide students with managerial skills geared toward individuals seeking leadership opportunities within government and nonprofit sectors. Learn more about this flexible online program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Business Administration in Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in enrolling in this program may find it beneficial to have taken political science, law, or organizational leadership courses. They may have professional experience working for local, state, or federal government and desire the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration in Public Administration program have the chance to examine the organizational structure and practices specific to local and federal government entities. The program is designed to provide learners with an understanding of public business accounting and budgeting, funding request methods, policy development, crisis prevention and response strategies, environmental regulations, and government relations. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to explore strategies for lobbying as well as constituent petitioning for support on public improvement or reform. Before the close of the program, students have the chance to work on their practical skills by creating an organizational PR campaign; they will also have the opportunity to build research competencies through the completion of a final major project.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Master of Business Administration in Public Administration:

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

Foundation Requirements (21 credits)

  • MBA 5102: Welcome to Changing Times - Business in the 21st Century
  • MBA 5110: Managing People and Teams
  • MBA 5121: Managerial Decision-Making
  • MBA 5130: Managing Business Finances
  • MBA 5140: Operations Management
  • MBA 5150: Innovation and Marketing
  • MBA 6010: Strategic Planning

Public Administration Requirements (9 credits)

  • Students select three courses from the following list:
  • PUB 5000: Introduction to Public Administration
  • PUB 5002: Government and the Public Interest
  • PUB 5005: Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PUB 5007: Quality Management in Public Administration
  • PUB 5009: Public Program Evaluation

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Individuals who have earned a Master of Business Administration in Public Administration degree may opt to continue their training and enroll in a doctoral degree program. Such a program could allow learners to develop their scholarly skills and better prepare for high-level consulting or postsecondary instructional opportunities.

Doctoral degrees that individuals could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Ph.D. in Urban Planning

Career Paths:

After completing this Northcentral University program, graduates could be able to find a job within one of various government departments. Depending on background, experience, and professional reputation, graduates could be able to seek public office. Tasks that graduates could undertake might include program planning, budgeting, public relations, and personnel administration.

Particular careers that graduates could be able to qualify for might include:

  • Policy analyst
  • Strategic consultant
  • Municipal manager

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