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Master of Arts in Public Administration

Serve the Public as an Ethical Leader

Demands on government services and nonprofit organizations are growing while resources shrink. As a result, the field needs authentic leaders with solid skills and a proactive outlook to manage agencies and develop policies in a changing landscape. The online Master of Arts in Public Administration is an affordable and convenient program that offers broad-based training designed to help students to develop into authentic leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Saint Mary’s University has a tradition of programs that focus on helping underserved populations. The online master’s degree in public administration (MAPA) continues that tradition with a curriculum that combines perspectives and processes from both government agencies and nonprofit organizations, sectors that often rely on each other to make sure the needs of all community members are being met.

A Catalyst for Your Public Administration Career

This affordable program curriculum develops three crucial competencies for public service and nonprofit leaders: Managerial analysis, leadership, and ethical service. Students will learn to:

  • Handle constantly changing circumstances and complex strategic decisions
  • Build alliances among and within organizations
  • Analyze the effects of public policies and laws
  • Lead through respectful and responsive communications
  • Act ethically and with accountability

No prior experience is required for admission, making this the perfect option for those seeking to join public administration as well as experienced public administration professionals who want to advance. Interactive and collaborative coursework incorporates both nonprofit and government perspectives, providing a comprehensive view of public administration across many different types of organizations.

Consisting of 36 credits, this online master’s degree in Public Administration program can be completed in two years. Coursework is completely online.

Explore a Range of Career Paths

Program outcomes can be applied toward a wide variety of roles in the public, nonprofit, and even private sectors.

In government, you can pursue positions at the local, state, or federal levels, working for government departments or legislative agencies as an administrator or legislator in urban planning, community affairs, accounting offices, legislative offices, and independent agencies.

In the nonprofit world, the master’s degree in Public Administration prepares you for administrative, development, analyst and research jobs at charities, foundations, and more.

The MAPA program prepares you for roles in the private sector as well, such as in human resources, budgeting, or marketing.

Learning at Your Fingertips

At Saint Mary’s, we put knowledge and opportunity in your hands. Our mobile learning programs provide you with the convenience and flexibility that complements your work and personal schedule as you build skills and knowledge to advance your professional goals. You will find a dynamic and supportive community that understands the demands of your life.

Each student in our online degree programs receives an iPad® loaded with a mobile learning platform, so you have Saint Mary’s with you at all times. This platform enables you to:

  • Access your courses and materials with just a click
  • Engage with coursework through interactive exercises
  • Reinforce learning through real-world scenarios
  • Connect with classmates and faculty anywhere*
  • Develop the mobile technology skills employers require
  • Study on the go*

iPad is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
*iPad is wifi-enabled only.

At Saint Mary’s, every student enjoys the same high-quality learning experience whether they are online or on campus.

Request a free brochure or call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor today about pursuing an online Master of Arts in Public Administration from Saint Mary’s.