Program Overview

The accelerated Master of Public Administration degree prepares students to become an outstanding manager and leader prepared to handle the complexities and challenges present in the public sector. Students will learn intricacies of working in the public sector with regard to management, organizational, and financial issues specific to government, nonprofit, and other public organizations. This program is offered in class and online. The courses in this cohort program are designed to be taken in order as listed. Their prerequisite is acceptance to the Master of Public Administration program.

The MPA program prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state/provincial, and federal/national government, and increasingly in nongovernmental organization (NGO) and nonprofit sectors; it places a focus on the systematic investigation of executive organization and management. Instruction includes the roles, development, and principles of public administration, public policy management and implementation. Through its history, the MPA degree has become more interdisciplinary by drawing from fields such as economics, sociology, law, anthropology, political science, and regional planning in order to equip MPA graduates with skills and knowledge covering a broad range of topics and disciplines relevant to the public sector. A core curriculum of a typical MPA program usually includes courses on microeconomics, public finance, research methods / statistics, policy process and policy analysis, public financial management, managerial accounting, ethics, public management, leadership, planning & Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and program evaluation/performance measurement.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Bellevue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS).

    Requirements

    Hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or a U.S. equivalent degree from a nationally or internationally accredited college or university. A GPA of 2.5 or better Colleges may require letters of recommendation and essays in certain circumstances.

    School Overview

    Bellevue is a private, non-profit university that was originally founded by Bill Brooks, a Bellevue, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce member, in 1966. The institution later became Bellevue University in 1994. In 1996, Bellevue was one of the first accredited universities to offer online degree programs and the very first to offer an online Masters of Business Administration degree.

    Bellevue University offers classes for degree completion ranging from bachelor's level to doctoral level. With 12 locations in five states, including its main suburban campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, as well as classes worldwide through its online learning platform, students have a variety of options in which they can complete their degrees.

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