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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration program is designed to provide students with specialized business and leadership skills for working in various civic sectors. Continue reading for more information regarding this Strayer University online program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Strayer University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Interested individuals may have a public administration or business undergraduate degree, though this is not required. They may have experience as community volunteers or public sector workers. Applicants to Strayer University should have already earned a high school diploma or equivalent; however, graduate or specialized programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program have the opportunity to gain an overview of executive, legislative, and judicial powers as well as an understanding of the foundation and development of public administration roles. The curriculum is designed to introduce topics related to fiscal governance, including income and debt management, financial reporting, budget planning, and taxation. Participants also have a chance to learn about human resources administration for government and nonprofit organzations, examining concepts such as grievance procedures, labor union dealings, recruiting practices, workplace diversity and affirmative action, employee training, and benefits management. Other covered topics include administrative laws and regulations, managerial theories, and dispute resolution practices. In addition, students have the opportunity to complete a major project in which they research and defend an original argument.

Learning Format:

Online and Campus-Based

Total Credits Required:

54 credits

Financial Aid:

Students enrolled in Strayer University may be eligible for federal grants and loans, employer tuition assistance, military benefits, state grants, institutional scholarships, and private loans.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Public Administration:

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

Area I - Core Component (18 credits)

  • CIS 500: Information Systems for Decision-Making
  • ECO 550: Managerial Economics and Globalization
  • MAT 540: Quantitative Methods
  • RES 531: Research Methods

Area II - Major Component (22.5 credits)

  • PAD 500: Modern Public Administration: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PAD 515: Leadership and Conflict Resolution
  • PAD 525: Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • PAD 530: Public Personnel Management
  • PAD 590: Directed Research Project

Area III - Concentration (13.5 credits)

  • PAD 505: Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PAD 510: Politics, Policy and Ethics in the Public Sector
  • PAD 520: Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Master of Public Administration program is designed to produce community managers. Graduates could seek opportunities with local, state, or national government agencies. They could also pursue jobs with nonprofit groups, consulting firms, businesses, or political organizations.

Specific positions that graduates could qualify for may include:

  • Public Services Program Director
  • Municipal Supervisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Government Relations Consultant

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