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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Liberty University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree online is designed to help provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to implement policy as a civil servant in local, state, national, and global communities. Through our online MPA program, you can prepare for a career in government, private, or nonprofit organizations by gaining the necessary skills essential in public administration.

Liberty’s master’s in public administration online program provides training in the fundamentals of advanced government concepts. Our professors will engage you in useful topics like community economic development and public policy analysis. Courses like these can help you develop your own local community. You can also learn to help your organization adjust to new policies.

In addition to covering the management of various types of facilities, our MPA programs online allow you to specialize in a particular area of study – such as emergency management, healthcare, business and government, and more. This online MPA degree will allow you to focus your studies or explore a wide range of related topics.

Is an MPA or MBA better?

Liberty’s master’s degree in public administration online is designed to help equip you with a thorough background in the theories and practices essential for success in government and nonprofit roles. You’ll study important aspects of economic and community development that are essential to a career in public service. Through our online Master of Public Administration, you can develop the critical analysis and research skills needed to address important policies, political challenges, budgetary issues, and contemporary legal issues.

Our master’s in public administration online degree is designed to help give you an understanding of the local political landscape. You can learn how to serve as a responsible representative of the needs of a community as well as help governments and organizations meet their greatest administrative challenges so that communities can thrive.

In the online master’s degree in public administration, you can choose from several areas of study that offer specialized skills and knowledge for particular fields. For instance, you can learn how to deal with natural disasters with a master’s in emergency management or become equipped to handle health care crises with the healthcare specialization.

You could also study legal issues and policy, explore the challenges that face nonprofit leaders, or learn how to help businesses that are grappling with the challenges of government regulations. You may also choose the general area of study, which allows you to transfer in related graduate credit or select a flexible combination of elective courses.

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  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

With so many specializations to choose from, you could serve anywhere from government agencies to nonprofit organizations. Below are just a few of the positions that might be available to you once you’ve earned a Master of Public Administration online:

  • Administrative services manager
  • City/county manager
  • Community health worker
  • Compliance manager
  • Emergency management director
  • Emergency preparedness administrator
  • General operations manager
  • Homeland security officer
  • Investigator/inspector
  • Investment fund manager 
  • Loss prevention manager
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Policy specialist
  • Social and community service manager

Our online MPA degree offers multiple specializations, so you are able to gain extra expertise in an area of study you’re most passionate about. You could gain knowledge of how the private and public sectors interact with a business and government specialization, prepare for administrative planning roles with an urban development specialization, dedicate your career to a cause you care about with a public and nonprofit track, and much more! Check out the specializations we offer below, and find a degree track that fits you!

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.