Master of Business Administration in Public Administration Online Degree Program

Online Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Public Administration

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Make a Greater Impact in Government Processes by Earning a Degree in Public Administration

Public Administration is focused on the organization of government policies so that the government can function at it is intended to. Many non-elected public servants are considered public administrators including heads of city, county, regional, and federal departments as well as other employees of public departments and agencies.

Liberty University’s Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program (ACBSP) accredited Master of Business Administration in Public Administration will enhance your knowledge and training in political and economic decision making ranging from local to international levels. You will be equipped to function as a successful Public Administrator while developing strategic leadership, management, and financial skills. Courses within our MBA in Public Administration will prepare you to serve effectively as an expert in the modern business world, emphasizing the importance of applying ethics to management practices and integrating faith with learning in a professional atmosphere.

Coursework is designed to be readily applicable to real-world challenges and help you develop into a stronger, more capable leader. Whether leading programs, implementing organizational change, or shaping public policy, a degree in public administration will help you enter a career in Public Administration fully confident in your skills, knowledge, and training.

Why Choose Liberty’s MBA in Public Administration Program?

Liberty University students benefit from top-tier faculty members who have proven professional records of accomplishment and expertise in their respective disciplines. All degree programs at Liberty University are taught from a Biblical worldview and solid Christ-centered foundation that will promote your value and trust as an employee and further empower you to take the Gospel into the business field and public sectors.

Liberty University is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation and the largest university in Virginia, and we work hard every day to live up to those credentials. We seek to improve our curriculum and teaching methods continually as well as build upon the strengths you possess when you enter your program with us. Liberty’s Master of Business Administration – Public Administration degree program is offered 100% online so that you can continue your career while completing your MBA.

What Will You Learn through Our MBA in Public Administration Degree Program?

Our online MBA in Public Administration will take you through various areas of government processes, policies, personnel and politics to equip you with the skills you need to become an active leader in public administration. You will examine various competing political ideologies and positions to allow you to participate in and evaluate current issues and events to solve the problems that face our society. In studying government, politics and public administration, you will be able to differentiate between a variety of economic, ecological, demographic, and security problems and challenges within the global community and articulate some of the solutions to resolve them. You will engage in informed reading, research, analysis, and discussion of topics in public administration.

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Similar specializations found within the Master of Business Administration are Finance, International Business, and Strategic Management. More information for these areas of study can be found on our MBA degree page.

Benefits of an Online MBA Public Administration

  • By earning your Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Public Administration from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in the field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • The MBA in Public Administration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
  • Industry Outlook: The U.S. Department of Labor classifies this industry with a bright outlook for potential job growth. Managers have greater job security because of their role in personnel management, and this profession is not suitable for companies to outsource to foreign markets.
  • As an online student, you will have the opportunity to network with leaders and experts in the Business and Public Administration fields from across the country.

Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

Program Format for the Online MBA in Public Administration

  • 100% online
  • 45 total hours
    • 33 hours are dedicated to MBA core courses
    • 12 hours are focused on Public Administration
  • Up to 50% of the program hours may be transferred in from previous coursework.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

Master’s in Business Administration Degree Information and Requirements

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Potential Career Options with an MBA in Public Administration

The Master of Business Administration is the most highly recognized degree in the fields of business and business management. With an MBA in Public Administration, you will be highly qualified to pursue management and executive level positions like:

  • City/Country Manager
  • Administrative Officer
  • Security Specialist
  • Investigator/Inspector
  • Probation Officer