Program Overview

Lincoln University offers the Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Public Administration and Policy for students and professionals whose responsibilities involve operation of government organizations or working with government organizations. Governments and public institutions have unique structural and personnel concerns, especially since their funding comes from public means, and administration of public institutions and its operations are typically under the purview of regulatory and other monitoring organizations. In successful government organizations, teams of dedicated professionals are responsible for managing effective government programs at the local, state, and federal levels. The specialization will enable students to manage and effective positive change in communities through governance that includes transparency, accountability, efficiency, and effective bargaining and negotiation.

Students will develop an understanding of the responsibilities of public officials and administrators in government and public settings. These classes include the language of leadership, transformative change in a shared-power world, strategic context of public management and leadership, public policy analysis, building a capable workforce through human resource management, strategic planning, collaboration, cooperation, and coordination, ethics and social justice, organizational management and leadership, financing and budgeting for the public sector, and applied research and evaluation methods.

Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the educational credentials and managerial qualifications necessary for roles in administration of public programs. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to critically evaluate strategies for resolving public policy and administration problems in a global economic and political environment.

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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

    Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)


    A bachelors degree is required.

    School Overview

    Lincoln University is a four-year public school located in Jefferson City, Missouri. Lincoln University was founded in 1866 for the special benefit of the freed African-Americans. The school’s fundamental idea was to combine labor with study. In 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, and Lincoln University responded by opening its doors to all applicably meeting its entrance criteria. Today, Lincoln University is a proud historically black, public, comprehensive, 1890 land-grant institution that challenges its students with a broad range of academic preparation and skills.

    Lincoln University offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Students who want to gain their undergraduate degree can choose from 50 learner-centered undergraduate degree programs. Master’s degree programs are available in education, business and the social sciences. Online master's degrees are available from the College of Professional Studies.


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