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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The mission of the fully on-line Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Marshall University is to prepare students to advance into leadership and management roles in government and non-profit agencies. Our interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to meet the needs of working professionals trying to advance their careers as well as the demands of the traditional graduate student trying to enter the workforce. Our program emphasizes the values of dynamic, ethical leadership, policy expertise, and professionalization.

75%Graduates in Public Service
16%Further Graduate Study
36 hrsDegree Requirements
2YearsTime to Degree

Public Administration, M.P.A.

The master’s degree in Public Administration will provide graduate training in academic, research and service to prepare students for leadership positions in public service, both in the non-profit and public sectors of society. The graduate curriculum consists of a 36 semester credit hour requirement, including a core of required courses and a specialty area of emphasis (concentration) of six credit hours in Urban Administration or Nonprofit Management. The core or required courses consists of 30 semester credit hours designed to train students to lead agencies in areas of budgetary development and management; data collection and analysis; personnel training, and policy development and implementation. All students are required to submit a portfolio for approval by the MPA Governing Advisory Committee during their final semester as part of the PSC 618 course, Seminar in Public Administration.

Meet Some of Our MPA Graduates

Public Administration Career Opportunities

Although the MPA Degree naturally prepares students a career in public service, graduates can make their paths-as they are prepared to lead and manage organizations. Nevertheless, the traditional careers for MPA graduates are numerous. Given our unique hybrid, innovative policy-administration curriculum, our MPA graduates are prepared to manage individuals and organizations, writing and analyzing policy, implementation of law, overseeing public monies, and most importantly, advancing the public good. Below are a few of the typical career paths MPA graduates take, but the list is not exhaustive.

  • Policy Analysts – Utilize research to facilitate in the creation of regulations, rule-making, and laws
  • Budget Analysts – Utilize knowledge of public financing to manage budgets and facilitate proper institutional spending
  • Health Care Administrators – Manages health programs that are pertinent to organizational mission
  • Human Resource Managers – Facilitate in staffing organizations to meet logistic and personnel needs
  • Program Managers/ Analysts – Utilize content knowledge and research to manage specific organizational programs
  • City Managers – Manages the day-to-day functions of a city such as budgeting, ordinances, and administration
  • Social/Community Service Manager – Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise programs and organizations that support public well-being.
  • Urban and Regional Planners – Assess and report the planning needs of local and state governments
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