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Master of Public Administration

Become a leader, policymaker and agent for social change

Succeed in the public sector developing strategies that work toward the greater good. Become a culturally-competent and engaged administrator.

Invest in your future

Join our graduates who are seeing results from their time and financial investment.

Flexible courses

100% online

Get your degree on your time
Careers in Public Administration

8%-14% job growth

through 2022

Made for you

Available completely online, the master's in public administration is at your fingertips. Advance your career or begin a new one. Expert faculty focus on three main areas: public safety, local government management and public policy.

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Master's program

Move through course work at your own pace after earning your undergraduate degree.

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Accelerated master’s

Complete your undergraduate and graduate degree at the same time using this plan.

Build your career with a specialized certificate

The political science department offers many certificates for professionals who want to expand in new directions. With just 12-18 hours of course work, you can achieve one of these certificates. If you pair two of them together, you may already meet the requirements for a Master of Public Administration.

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Economic development certificate

Strategize on how to grow a healthy community.

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Local government management certificate

Gain tools to make you an effective local leader.

Public management certificate

Grow your budgetary, policy and critical thinking skills.

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Public policy certificate

Think big picture and help shape the greater good.

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Public safety certificate

Prepare for a career in emergency services.

Step into the public eye

One of the best things about the master's degree in public administration is its flexibility. You'll have many diverse career opportunities when you graduate.

Whether you want to into a new step career in public safety, government or non-profit leadership, this degree will build your skillset to propel your career forward.

Alex Jermeland

Alex Jermeland, a 2014 alum, serves as a management analyst in Dakota County, Minnesota. 

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