Make a Difference in Your Community with a Public and Nonprofit Management Master’s Degree
Are you passionate about finding useful and creative ways to serve your community? Do you want to hone your leadership skills and pursue jobs in management? Are you seeking a versatile degree that can help equip you to work in the public or private sector?
If so, Liberty’s online Master of Public Administration (MPA) – Public and Nonprofit Management degree may be for you! This degree can help equip you to oversee projects and programs that fulfill government directives and promote the common good.
Develop the administrative skills you need to thrive in leadership roles at the local, state, or federal level. By completing this MPA program, you can pursue a wide range of job opportunities in government or in the nonprofit sector.
Partner with us and take your public service career to the next level.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration?
Liberty has been a pioneer in distance education since 1985. A lot has changed since then, but our commitment to Training Champions for Christ has not. At Liberty, you won’t just get an education — you can develop the knowledge, skills, and values essential for impacting the world.
Whether you’re looking to advance in your current field, switch career paths, or prepare for a doctoral program, Liberty University’s public administration degree can help.
Choosing Liberty means choosing…
Flexibility | Our public and nonprofit program is offered 100% online, and the courses have no set login times. You can earn your degree from anywhere in the world without needing to relocate to attend classes on campus. The best part? You can stay invested in your family and career while achieving your academic goals!
Experienced Faculty | In this program, you’ll study under professors who have years of experience working in public administration. With their guidance, you can gain marketable skills and insider tips that could help set you apart from the competition.
Respected Credentials | Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). You can be confident that your degree from Liberty has met rigorous academic standards and accreditation requirements.
Ethical Training | Learn how to lead with excellence and integrity in the workplace. All of Liberty’s online programs are taught from a biblical worldview, and our faculty are firmly grounded in the Christian faith. Our MPA courses seek to integrate ethical principles with professional knowledge — so you can become equipped to use your skills in service to God and others.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much can I earn with a master’s in public and nonprofit management?
After completing this program, you could potentially go on to work as a social or community service manager at a nonprofit organization or government agency. The average salary for these professionals is $67,150 per year. The field is projected to grow 17% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average for all industries.*
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Social and Community Service Managers (viewed online November 2, 2020). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
What is the difference between an MBA and an MPA in nonprofit management?
When choosing between an MBA and an MPA, you’ll want to consider your long-term career goals. Both degrees can help you gain important management skills — but they have some key differences.
Liberty’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is a great option for those looking to develop advanced business skills and serve as business executives. By earning an MBA, you can learn how to maximize your company’s profits while meeting the needs of consumers.
In contrast, our MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management can equip you to help government and nonprofit agencies promote the common good. You can learn how to make strategic decisions and develop public programs that serve everyday citizens. By completing our MPA program, you can learn to look beyond the needs of your individual organization — and instead focus on ways to help your entire community thrive.
Is public administration the same as public policy?
A career in public policy involves researching, writing, and creating government policy. Public administrators seek to implement those policies on a practical level. By working in public administration, you can help develop, implement, and oversee projects and programs that meet the needs of citizens.
What Will You Learn in Our MPA in Nonprofit Management Online Program?
In this program, you can gain advanced skills in the area of public administration. Some of the core topics you’ll study include community economic development, public policy analysis, public sector budgeting, and applied research methods. You’ll also analyze how public budgeting is affected by politics and economics. With this knowledge, you can learn how to handle the administrative and financial aspects of public and nonprofit management.
As a public servant, you’ll need to navigate a variety of legal challenges, ethical issues, political problems, and shifting cultural dynamics. Our MPA program can help equip you to handle these challenges with skill and integrity. You’ll also learn about current trends in public administration, so you can stay ahead of the curve and adapt to the ever-changing political climate.
Our public and nonprofit management specialization provides a practical, historical, and theoretical approach to leadership. You can learn how to effectively manage many aspects of an organization, including financial resources and human capital. Additionally, you can take an in-depth look at unique aspects of nonprofit management, such as how to acquire and manage grant money.
Before graduating, you’ll have the option to either complete a thesis or take 6 credit hours of elective courses. If you choose the thesis route, you’ll have the opportunity to research a current problem in public administration. That way, you can synthesize what you’ve learned and work on developing practical solutions to real-world issues.
- BMAL 501 – Strategic Leadership and Management
- PADM 530 – Community Economic Development
- PADM 600 – Politics and Policy of Public Sector Budgeting
- PADM 610 – Management of Public Sector Organizations
Master’s in Nonprofit Management Online Degree Information
- This program falls under the Helms School of Government.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for Liberty University’s nonprofit management degree online.
- View the Graduate Government Course Guides (login required).
Military Benefits for Liberty University’s Nonprofit Management Degree Program
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students 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 (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
What Can You Do with a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration?
Liberty’s public and nonprofit master’s degree can help you pursue a variety of management and leadership jobs. Some of the roles you may qualify for include:
- Administrative officer
- Compliance or loss prevention manager
- Fundraising manager
- Policy specialist
- Program director
- Social or community service manager
Highlights of Our Online Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration Program
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online nonprofit degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years — and counting.
- You can complete our nonprofit master’s program online in under 2 years!
- Our MPA courses are only 8 weeks long with 8 different start dates offered each year and no set login times.
- As an online student, you can access a wealth of resources through our top-notch research portal.
- You’ll have the opportunity to network with public administration professionals from across the country while completing your master’s in nonprofit administration.
Admission Requirements for Liberty University’s MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy
A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required 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 (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*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.