Master of Public Administration Programs

The typical Master of Public Administration (MPA) program encompasses an interdisciplinary approach that includes such topics as sociology, law, political science, economics, and anthropology. An MPA carries particular weight for those looking to enact change in such settings as local or national government or with non-profits. Upon admission, such coursework may include the study of public policy, labor law and labor relations, organizational creativity, discovery and innovation, and more.

While the MPA is the most common public administration graduate programs, the Master of Arts in public policy, Master of Arts in organizational management with a concentration on public administration, and the Master of Business Administration with a public administration focus are all also possibilities. In any case, the common program length spans between 18 and 30 months, depending on scope, and a bachelor’s degree is required prior to study. For those attempting to utilize a public administration degree to advance their career in the social work or social management (government, non-profit, etc.) settings, prior work experience or a relevant undergraduate course of study may be beneficial.

Careers for master of public administration graduates:

  • Local/state/national government leadership/management
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO) leadership/management
  • Nonprofit leadership/management
  • Social worker

Earnings for master of public administration graduates:

  • NGO/nonprofit leadership: $95,640 (median annual)
  • Government political scientist: $119,130 (median annual)
  • Overall career outlook: 8 percent growth through 2020 (slower than average)

Online MSW and MPA Degrees

Completing your Master's in social work or public administration can be very rewarding for getting ahead in the social work field. Online Master's degrees are perfect for working professionals or people with families to complete course work at their own convenience. Please see our colleges below that offer online class for MSW degrees.

Walden University — The Walden University Master of Social Work provides the chance to gain real world experience as a social worker. These experiences can be gained from a community agency, a healthcare setting, an educational agency, or a social services agency. Walden also offers several specializations for an MSW degree, like Military Social Work, as well as DSW programs.

Ashford University — A MBA in Public Administration from Ashford University teaches you the methods of public service. A MPA degree will contribute to your understanding of social initiative strategies. Additionally, the MAOM in Public Administration and MA in Education & Public Policy will improve your leadership and managerial skills. Ashford is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Ste 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 5107489001,

Rutgers University of New Jersey — The Master of Social Work at Rutgers University of New Jersey boasts a deep network of experienced professionals and faculty. These individuals prepare you for the rigors of a career in social work, public administration, and public management. Your dreams can be achieved at Rutgers.

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