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.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota — At the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, students in the Master's program have a variety of concentrations in both individual, family, and group practice and organizational and community practice. The school is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Our Lady of the Lake University — Our Lady of the Lake is a private, Catholic college located near San Antonio and is one of the few colleges offering an online program for a Master of Social Work degree. This program focuses on social services leadership and advance direct practice with an emphasis on service to Hispanic families and communities.

Winthrop University — The MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences from Capella University features a dynamic public health curriculum. Graduates are prepared for positions in social work, public health or social welfare organizations. A MS in Social & Community Services furthers your ability to influence positive change in your community.

Widener University — The Widener University MSW and MM in Public Administration programs graduate students that excel in the exciting career of social work. These programs offer the opportunity to expand your career path and capabilities by giving you the skills required for jobs in government, nonprofit, and business.

George Mason University — The Master of Social Work program from George Mason University focuses on the private and public sectors in addition to the public sector usually covered by other MSW programs. While students interested in social work will learn the administrative and organizational skills needed for their career, this broad focus can help improve their versatility and even job prospects.

Sacred Heart University — The Master of Social Work program from Sacred Heart University graduates individuals that can have many options in the in social work, public administration, and human services fields. The curriculum focuses on both ethical leadership and social responsibility.

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