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Public Administration Graduate Degree

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

National Louis University's master of public administration (MPA) will provide you with a solid foundation in both academic theory and practical methodology. You'll learn how to review, analyze, shape and administer programs and policies in local, state and federal governments, as well as non-profit organizations and private sector businesses.

Our campus-based modalities for this program include a bi-weekly option (i.e., twice a month) and a weekend option (once a month).

Add expertise to your MPA degree with a cutting-edge concentration in: community psychology, health services administration, human resource management, nonprofit leadership, organizational development, public policy, public safety and justice leadership, or teaching of public policy and administration.

Choose NLU's Master of Public Administration degree if you:

  • Have a bachelor's degree
  • Desire to enhance the capacity of communities and advocate for change
  • Want to pursue a degree within a public, non-profit, healthcare, educational or public safety agency
  • Aspire to become a policymaker, public administrator or community advocate
  • Aim to specialize in Health Services Administration, Global Social Policy or Public Service Administration
  • Seek small class sizes that ensure collaboration with classmates and individual interaction with professors

  • How to engage in, shape and administer public governance
  • How to understand and apply professional standards and codes of ethics for public administration
  • How to analyze, synthesize and think critically
  • How to analyze policy data
  • How to apply research design and methodology to public policy issues

There is increasing demand within the public sector for professionals who can evaluate and administer public policy. An understanding of the role of government and the interface between the private and public sectors is also essential for those who see their future employment in the private sector.

Professionals in these fields plan for and lead change. They are involved in analysis, preparation of recommendations and implementation of policies and programs that affect public services and the quality of community life. Master of Public Administration graduates can pursue a career in areas such as:

  • Education
  • Local government or regional issues
  • Human services/social services
  • Health
  • Community or economic development
  • Environmental issues and natural resources
  • Infrastructure, transportation, utilities
  • Security, military, law enforcement, or corrections

Public administration also offers rewarding compensation. According to College Factual, using data from Payscale, this field ranked fourth highest for mid-career salaries in 2018. Although early-career salaries averaged $46,383, mid-career salaries rose to an average of $118,000.

Students interested in social and human services typically have a strong desire to help improve lives -- by working directly with communities or by implementing policies. At National Louis University, we embrace your desire to make your dreams a reality and make a difference in the world. The master's in public policy and administration curriculum reinforces the importance of public policy to society at large. Our faculty members - the majority of whom have practical public policy experience - are dedicated to your success. 

NLU strives to provide a convenient, supportive environment to all students. We recognize that many students balance work and family while in school, so courses are scheduled to accommodate those important commitments. Plus, NLU students begin the program with a group of colleagues who remain together throughout the course of study. This format offers a network of support and camaraderie from day one until graduation and beyond.

MPA students will select a concentration in one of the following areas: 

  • Community Psychology
  • Health Services Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Organizational Development
  • Public Policy
  • Public Safety and Justice Leadership
  • Teaching of Public Policy and Administration

A concentration allows students the opportunity to focus on a specialized topic of interest and indicates to prospective employers area of expertise.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Get more information today about enrolling in the NLU master's in public administration degree program. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).


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