The difference between public service and public solutions? The skills to lead.

We know you’re driven to serve — otherwise you wouldn’t be here. But in a world where passion is equal, preparation wins out. It’s our job to make sure you’re not only prepared to serve the public through leadership, but serve it well.

Our online Master of Public Administration can help you build the skills to address public needs in effective, efficient, and imaginative ways. We want you to take the big ideas in your head and put them into action by helping you develop as a project manager, communicator, policy analyst, and financial mind. When you have an expert understanding of public administration and the professional tools to back it up, you can lead a career of consequence for your constituents.


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Choose from 2 concentrations: Public Leadership and Management or Non-Profit Management.

No GRE or GMAT Required

No GRE or GMAT required.

2 Years

Complete your degree 100% online, in as few as 2 years

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Benefit from the only public service school in the U.S. that partners with a college of business on a Center for Entrepreneurship

25 Percent

The growth of the non-profit sector since 2001
The New York Times

22 Million

The number of people employed in government across the U.S.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

$2 Trillion

The amount invested in clean energy plants in the past decade

Why choose the Master of Public Administration online program?

We’re not looking to build ideologues, we want to help you influence action and explore your interests in public service. At the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, our faculty and staff have dedicated decades to finding research-based solutions to challenges in the world, and that trickles down into the foundations of your learning.

We’re uniquely prepared to help you learn the intricacies of public administration through a pragmatic approach. Study the management of financial and human resources. Learn how to take policy from planning to financing to execution and evaluation. Connect the public and private sector as partners, not adversaries. Help cut through red tape with organizational excellence, the kind that can translate just as effectively in a town hall or the halls of Congress.

Our faculty members know the field’s obstacles and how to navigate them from firsthand experience. Our faculty members are professionals actively engaged in promoting public efforts that spark their interest. We want you to do the same, which is why we offer two distinct concentrations for the Master of Public Administration.

SR Education 2019 Best Online Program - MPARecently, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs’ online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program earned a number 12 spot in the SR Education Group’s 2019 ranking of the Best Online Colleges Offering MPA Programs.

Our Concentrations Explained

Leadership in the public sector isn’t easy in a digitally enlightened, post-recession U.S. The public wants to know its dollars are being spent wisely and effectively to achieve positive outcomes locally and across the nation. Learn to blend efficacy and ethics while maximizing financial resources and personnel.

What can I do with an online Master of Public Administration?

MPA related job titles


From 2001 to 2011

The nonprofit sector now employs nearly 10% of the U.S. workforce. This grew by 25% from 2001 to 2011. – The New York Times

The nonprofit sector now employs nearly 10% of the U.S. workforce. This grew by 25% from 2001 to 2011. – The New York Times

Just because you have a Master of Public Administration doesn’t mean you can’t look at your career with a private eye. Your skills can easily transfer to private sector positions, especially in industries that work closely with public organizations such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, law, and education.

With an online MPA degree, you can put your strategic planning, communication, project management, and budgeting skills to work in leadership positions normally reserved for MBA grads. What’s the online MPA advantage? Your knowledge of how organizations function. Your ability to translate technical talk and dense data for ease in public consumption. Your sense of social responsibility. Your determination to see a project through to completion.

Private sector roles you may consider:

What’s the OHIO MPA experience like?

Hear from our students.

Our online MPA degree curriculum

Designed for action.

Unlike other Master’s in Public Administration online programs, we offer a curriculum built for the real challenges of public administration. You won’t find us teaching hypotheticals. Instead we focus on topics like data analysis, public-private partnerships, and measuring outcomes. We also offer two concentrations that reflect the current landscape of public affairs, such as management in the burgeoning non-profit sector and leadership in the public sector.

Integrative Core Courses (27 Credits)

MPA 6200Foundations of Public Administration3 Credits
MPA 6010Research Methods in Leadership and Public Affairs3 Credits
MPA 5140Organizational Leadership3 Credits
MPA 5580Public Sector Program Evaluation3 Credits
MPA 5860Public Budgeting3 Credits
MPA 5850Policy Analysis for Public Affairs and Leadership3 Credits
MPA 5810Public Private Partnerships3 Credits
MPA 5590Measuring Outcomes in Public and Non-Profit Organizations3 Credits
MPA 6800Strategic Leadership and Public Value3 Credits

Public Leadership and Management Concentration (9 Credits)

MPA 5120Public Human Resource Management3 Credits
MPA 5830Data Analytics for Public and Non-Profit Managers3 Credits
MPA 5870Financial Management in Government3 Credits

Non-Profit Management Concentration (9 Credits)

MPA 5680Nonprofit Financial Management and Resource Development3 Credits
MPA 5890Nonprofit Leadership and Governance3 Credits
MPA 5660Strategic Communication and Outreach for Nonprofit Management3 Credits

Meet the faculty

Our online MPA is led by a faculty of industry experts with a wide range of interests and experiences. Committed to sharing their skills with the next generation of public administration professionals, our faculty fuels the dynamic online MPA program.

Read more about their research and work below, starting with our online MPA Program Director, Dr. Jason Jolley: