Program Overview

Focus on tools and methods of policy analysis, while strengthening your communication skills in a collaborative setting, with Capella University's online Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public Policy and Governance.  You can earn your degree in as little as 18 months with the ability to transfer up to 25% of your program from previous graduate work. Moreover, this program allows you to save time and money by demonstrating your knowledge through a prior learning assessment.

Capella’s core MPA courses focus on all facets of public administration that, combined with your chosen specialization, give you comprehensive knowledge to excel in your career no matter which direction you go. People who choose this degree often pursue public policy leadership positions, assess public policy initiatives, or are considering a career change in the public policy sector.

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 in the public administration field.

Providing a curriculum designed around national standards—including those from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)—and based on input from employers and industry experts, Capella constructs each course and assignment to deliver career-relevant competencies, providing you with skills immediately applicable to your career such as:

  • Learning strategic management and planning processes. 
  • Analyzing policy-maker models to evaluate the effect of programs on societal problems.
  • Gaining in-depth understanding of the collaborative governance structure that enables public organizations to meet or exceed program initiative goals. 

Common careers with a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy and Governance include program analyst, government affairs executive, research associate, urban planner, program coordinator, public service manager or director, city manager, chief administrative officer, county commissioner, and political scientist. 

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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
    • Business
    • Counseling
    • 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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    Disclosure

    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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