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Master of Public Administration

Students enrolled in Purdue University Global'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:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students of the Master of Public Administration program need to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students should also have an interest in Public Administration as well as some experience working as an administrator. Finally, students are recommended to have completed the following courses at an accredited university prior to enrolling:

  • American Government
  • Statistics
  • Public Policy

Program Description:

The Master of Public Administration program is designed for students to further develop their skills and knowledge in leadership in a public service setting. The program focuses on developing skills necessary to analyze, implement and manage public policy in diverse communities. The program offers an option to begin the program in conjunction with a bachelor's degree, accelerating student's completion of this graduate degree. Courses concentrate on teaching students ethical decision making, innovation, finance as it applies to public administration, leadership and more.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

55 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.'

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Required Courses for the Insert Program Name Here:

Students of the Master of Public Administration program are required to complete ten courses (50 credits) as part of the core requirements and one master's capstone course (5 credits).

Core Requirements (55 credits

  • Public Administration and Management (5 credits)
  • Research and Writing in Public Administration (5 credits)
  • Leadership in the Public Sector (5 credits)
  • Finance and the Administration of Public Funds (5 credits)
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (5 credits)
  • Administrative Law in Public Administration (5 credits)
  • Balancing the Budget - Budgetary Process (5 credits)
  • Program Evaluation (5 credits)
  • Public Policy Analysis (5 credits)
  • 500/600 Level: Public Administration Elective (5 credits)
  • Master's Capstone in Public Administration (5 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Master of Public Administration program can pursue the below graduate certificates at Purdue University Global:

  • Graduate certificate in Addictions
  • Graduate certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Postgraduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Career Paths:

Students who complete Purdue University Global's Master of Public Administration program have important skills and knowledge in leadership in public service fields. Graduates of this program generally can pursue the below positions:

  • Financial analyst
  • Health service manager
  • Executive Director
  • HR Manager
  • Healthcare administration

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