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MPA in Financial Management

Northcentral University's Master of Public Administration - Financial Management Specialization program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn financial processes and practices within the public and nonprofit sectors. Read on to get more details about this online MPA program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Public Administration - Financial Management Specialization

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students aspiring to enter this MPA program might have taken previous coursework in finance or accounting and should possess strong math and analytical skills. Applicants to Northcentral University's master's degree programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What are the components of corporate finance? How are funding needs assessed? Which valuation models are used in investment management? These are some of the concepts that students might have the chance to explore when they enroll in Northcentral University's Master of Public Administration - Financial Management Specialization program. Other finance topics that might be addressed include global finance regulations, exchange rates, accounting functions in nonprofit vs. for-profit organizations, and types of financial institutions. Major coursework could expose students to details about the function of government organizations, lobbying practices, public funds administration, and public policy formation and implementation. The program culminates in an extensive research project, in which students apply what they have studied to addressing a current issue in public administration.

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 a Master of Public Administration - Financial Management Specialization:

To earn this MPA degree, students must complete 27 credits in major courses and nine credits in the financial management specialization. Courses are completed sequentially as outlined below. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Course Requirements (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 and Theory
  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Capstone Seminar

Financial Management Specialization Courses (9 credits)

  • Choose three of the following courses:
    • Corporate Finance
    • Investment Management
    • Financial Institutions
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • International Finance
    • Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

In many cases, the Master of Public Administration - Financial Management degree can be terminal degree. However, graduates who seek to further enhance their knowledge or pursue an advanced career in academics or research might enroll in a related doctoral degree program. Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include (but are not limited to):

  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • PhD in Finance
  • PhD in Public Administration

Career Paths:

Once they have completed Northcentral University's MPA - Financial Management program, graduates might have developed the managerial skills and understanding of budgeting, investments, and accounting concepts needed to pursue executive or senior management positions in corporations, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations. They might oversee areas of public funding, financial policy development, global finance practices, asset accounting, cash flow management, or investment risk.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Public budgeting director
  • Nonprofit financial manager
  • Fundraising program director

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