Program Overview

Learn how to develop policies and effectively manage public administration resources with Capella University’s online Master of Public Administration program. You have the option to fast track your degree program and earn your online Master of Public Administration (MPA) in as little as 18 months, with the ability to transfer up to 25% of your program from previous work.

Designed around national public administration curriculum standards, your coursework will focus on building public value by: establishing collaborative networks; promoting ethical performance standards; enhancing professional communication skills; and crafting innovative solutions to public protection, policy and governance challenges.

Capella is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) - a global standard in public service education – ensuring your degree is highly recognized and respected. Moreover, our faculty all hold doctoral degrees and have leadership experience in world-class public service and non-profit organizations.

With your online MPA degree from Capella, you'll learn to manage public administration resources effectively while developing solutions based on citizen involvement, informed decision making and leadership. You'll also develop and implement public administration policies and administrative processes.

Common jobs with a Master's in General Public Administration degree include: adjunct or part-time faculty, analyst, city manager, economic development manager, fundraising and development manager, government relations manager, human services manager, nonprofit manager, parks and recreation manager, political leader, social service provider, and administrator. Potential workplaces include: consulting firm, educational institution, government, International organization, land-based or online college or university, nonprofit organization, political association, research organization, think tank, and trade group.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    • Higher Learning Commission: www.hlcommission.org.
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    Requirements

    Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

    Basic requirements for all programs:

    • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
    • Acknowledgement agreement
    • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
    • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
    • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

    Minimum level of education required:

    • Must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution

    School Overview

    An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.

    Respected programs that move you forward
    Organizations around the world have acknowledged Capella’s commitment to quality education with accreditations, state approvals, certifications, awards, recognitions, and designations. Right now, more than 37,000 students are expanding their opportunities with Capella programs. 

    Online education. Two ways.
    Our FlexPath format lets you set your own deadlines and move at your own pace. Our GuidedPath format offers extra structure for those who need it.

    Explore options in key professions

    • Analytics
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    • Criminal Justice
    • Education (K–12 & Higher Education)
    • Emergency Management
    • Health Care Administration
    • Human Services
    • Information Assurance and Security
    • Information Technology
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Public Administration
    • Public Health
    • Social Work

    Multiple ways to help you save

    • Employer and association discounts
    • Military discounts
    • Transfer credit
    • Scholarships
    • Streamlined programs
    • Guides (online resource)
    • Credit for real-world learning

    Online flexibility and personalized support 
    At Capella, online learning means you can take your courseroom anywhere, learning when and where it fits your life. And if you need backup, support services are available every step of the way.

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    Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credentials, or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

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