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Online Master of Public Administration

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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.

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.

Our Concentrations Explained

Public Leadership and Management

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.

Non-Profit Management

Currently 1 in 10 U.S. workers are employed in the non-profit sector, and it continues to grow. Non-profits help to fill service gaps in communities, and you can help. Merge social responsibility and entrepreneurship. Use the connective power of technology to raise funds and awareness of your efforts.

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


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

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.

What’s the OHIO MPA experience like?

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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 three concentrations that reflect the current landscape of public affairs, such as management in the burgeoning non-profit sector and renewable energy.

Integrative Core Courses (27 Credits)
  • MPA 6200 Foundations of Public Administration
  • MPA 6010 Research Methods in Leadership and Public Affairs
  • MPA 5140 Organizational Leadership
  • MPA 5580 Public Sector Program Evaluation
  • MPA 5860 Public Budgeting
  • MPA 5850 Policy Analysis for Public Affairs and Leadership
  • MPA 5810 Public Private Partnerships
  • MPA 5590 Measuring Outcomes in Public and Non-Profit Organizations
  • MPA 6800 Strategic Leadership and Public Value
Public Leadership and Management Concentration
(9 Credits)
  • MPA 5900 Public Human Resource Management
  • MPA 5830 Data Analytics for Public and Non-Profit Managers
  • MPA 5870 Financial Management in Government
Non-Profit Management Concentration
(9 Credits)
  • MPA 5680 Nonprofit Financial Management and Resource Development
  • MPA 5890 Nonprofit Leadership and Governance
  • MPA 5900 Strategic Communication and Outreach for Nonprofit Management
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