Master Public Administration Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree
Next Start Date
Mar 16, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Maximize Your Potential in Civic Leadership with a Master of Public Administration Online Degree

Liberty University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to implement policy as a civil servant in the county, state, national, and global community. Through our master’s degree in public administration online program, you will be equipped for a career in government, the private sector, or nonprofit organizations by being educated to master the necessary written and verbal communications skills essential in public administration.

Liberty’s master’s degree in public administration online program provides training in the fundamentals of graduate-level government concepts. Our professors will engage you in exciting topics like community economic development and the art of public policy analysis.

Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Public Administration Online?

Many of today’s policy influencers have a Master of Public Administration degree online. Liberty’s master’s degree in public administration online curriculum is unique because our classes are taught from a Christian worldview. Liberty is known for producing graduates who are sought after by prestigious companies for their integrity, personal discipline, and versatility. You too can become a part of this success by completing your master’s degree in public administration.

The MPA degree has 6 specializations, so you can choose the one that best fits your career goals. Our MPA online degree provides a comprehensive approach to preparing students to serve in government and related capabilities, particularly in management and leadership roles. While our public policy degree focuses on how policy is developed, the master’s in public administration online provides a more practical approach to the study of government and politics.

What Will You Learn in Our Master of Public Administration Online Degree?

Liberty University’s master’s degree in public administration online is designed to equip students with a thorough background in the theories and practices essential for success in government and nonprofit roles. Students will learn the important roles of economic and community development that public services professionals often take. Through our online Master of Public Administration, students will develop critical analysis skills to address important policies, political challenges, budgetary issues, contemporary legal issues, and learn to engage with essential research skills. 

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

Students in the online master’s degree in public administration online can choose from several areas of study that offer specialized skills and knowledge for particular fields. These include dealing with natural disasters and health care crises, grappling with the challenges of government regulation of business, advanced study of legal issues and policy, and handling the delicate balance of nonprofit organizations who support public resources. Students may also choose a general area of study that allows them to transfer in related graduate credit or choose a flexible combination of elective courses.

Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Business and Government 

Disaster Management



Law and Public Policy

Public and Nonprofit Management

Highlights of the Master’s in Public Administration Degree Online

  • By earning your master’s in public administration degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for the master’s in public administration online degree has not increased in 4 straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • Students will have access to a wide variety of resources and materials found through Liberty’s search portal while pursuing an online master’s degree in public administration.
  • You can complete our master’s in public administration degree online in under 2 years.

Similar Online Degree Programs

  • Master of Business Administration — This program is designed to strengthen management skills to increase your foundation in entrepreneurship, business, and management in various organizations.
  • Master of Science in Political Science — Liberty University’s Master of Science in Political Science focuses on the rigorous and comprehensive study of politics.
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy — Earning a degree in public policy will enable you to serve as an expert in the field of public policy by training you in applying ethics to management practices.

Degree Information for our Public Administration Program

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts — $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve 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

Admission Requirements for the Master of Public Administration

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or above for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.