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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration program at Northcentral University is designed to provide graduates, whether they are already public administration officials or just entering the field, with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in leadership roles in public companies. Read more to discover more details on this online MPA program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Those applying to Northcentral University's Master of Public Administration program should interested in preparing for a leadership position in a public organizations. All master's level programs at Northcentral University require applicants to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Public Administration program at Northcentral University is made up of 12 courses - which includes 3 specialization courses in one of 12 areas, such as financial management, computer information and security, criminal justice, healthcare administration, or homeland security. The core courses cover topics in human resources in public administration, public budgeting, public policy processes, quality management, and the function of government organizations and programs. The program concludes with a capstone course where students can apply the knowledge they gained from the coursework to a current public administration issue.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for Master of Public Administration

The courses included in Northcentral University's Master of Public Administration program include 24 core credits, 9 specialization credits, and 3 capstone credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (27 credits)

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Government and the Public Interest
  • Public Sector Human Resources Management
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Quality Management in Public Administration
  • Public Policy Process
  • Organizational Behavior Theory
  • Specialization Course 1
  • Specialization Course 2
  • Specialization Course 3
  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Capstone Seminar

Specializations (9 credits)

  • Students complete nine credits in one of the following areas of specialization:
    • Financial Management
    • Health Care Administration
    • Computer and Information Security
    • Management
    • Management of Engineering and Technology
    • Homeland Security
    • Human Resource Management
    • Management Information Systems
    • Nonprofit Management
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Management
    • Criminal Justice

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those who graduate with a Master of Public Administration at Northcentral University have several options when it comes to further education. Depending on the desired career direction, graduates can pursue a range of doctoral programs that can give them the opportunity to enhance their skills and capabilities. Further studies may lead to a wider range of job opportunities or increased responsibilities in their current role.

Some possible degree options include:

  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Health Administration

Career Paths:

After graduating from NCU's Master of Public Administration program, students could be ready for careers where they manage public organization programs, assess the efficacy of public service programs and policies, and apply their knowledge to solve problems faced by public organizations. Because of the broad range of types of public organizations, there are a variety of career avenues graduates can choose to pursue.

Some possible career options include:

  • Manager of a government office
  • Public service director
  • Director of a local government division
  • Operations manager
  • Nonprofit manager

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