Master of Public Administration
University of Delaware

Program Details

Prepare to lead in contemporary public service and nonprofit management with an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Delaware's (UD) Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration. Learn from experienced practitioners, develop your skills among highly active researchers, and get ready to serve the greater good.

UD's MPA is designed to prepare you for success in public service. Through our experiential, learning-focused curriculum, you'll examine case studies and apply best practices as you learn to manage an organization while making a positive impact on your career and in your community.

This online MPA program combines theory and practice to deliver real solutions for public administration's greatest challenges.

In this 36-credit (30-month) program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Graduate among notable alumni like Scott Beale, CEO and Founder of Atlas Corps; Emily Gonce, Corporate Vice President of New York Life Insurance; and John Carney, governor of Delaware
  • Explore the latest research on emergent needs in public service
  • Develop management skills to lead organizations through today's most pressing challenges
  • Study curriculum developed by a faculty of practitioners in the field
  • Take advantage of career services like a dedicated career counselor, career workshops and help with your résumé

This Biden School program prepares you with the management competencies and acumen that are essential for accountable and effective leadership in public service.

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  2. US News and World Report. (September 2018). "Graduate School Rankings, 2019." Retrieved on January 8, 2019, from

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


% Online

100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Delaware is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose/Intent, Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Official College Transcript(s)