Masters In Public Policy And Public Administration
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Lead with Integrity in Government with Liberty’s Master’s in Public Policy and Administration!


Have you ever wanted to pursue a career in public policy, political administration, or government? Are you seeking to expand your current knowledge in public service? Maybe you’re an experienced professional looking to pursue advanced leadership positions in the public sector, but you’re not sure where to start. 

Liberty University’s master’s in public policy (MPP) – public administration can help equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, and international institutions alike.

While our online MPP programs are built around core courses in political philosophy and governance, you will also have the opportunity to study political strategies and public policy analytics in detail. At Liberty University, we have created our Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) degree with your success in mind. Offered as a joint effort between Liberty University’s School of Law and the Helms School of Government, our public policy master’s program with a focus in public administration was created to give you a unique educational experience: a public policy graduate program that also offers you the best of a master’s degree in public administration. 

Master’s In Public Policy And Public Administration

This public policy program is 100% online and designed to be completed in less than 2 years, so you don’t have to put your life on hold to attend college. Our goal is to support you as both a student and a professional. If you’re looking for an MPP online program that can train you in ethical leadership, nonprofit management, and public policy affairs, our MA in Public Policy online with a specialization in public administration is an excellent choice.

Public Policy vs. Public Administration

There are a number of differences between public policy and public administration. Our Master of Public Administration programs seek to prepare students for a wide variety of challenges that come with administrative positions, such as city management and budget analysis.

On the other hand, public policy workers spend the majority of their time focused on mainly policy. If you’re interested in a legislative career field, a public policy degree may be a good fit for you. If you want to make public administration the sole focus of your studies, Liberty’s master’s in public administration degree online may be a better fit. 

Why Choose Liberty’s MPP Degree in Public Administration?

At Liberty, we don’t just teach students. We train ethically driven, principled leaders who are passionate about changing the world for Christ.

Our public policy degree program will challenge you to combine biblical principles with your career in policymaking and public administration. At Liberty University, we strive to demonstrate Christ-like characteristics and ultimately use the power of faith and education to transform people and the world.

Whether you want to serve at the local, state, national, or international level, the MAPP in Public Administration degree can help provide the training you need in all areas of public administration so you can rise to the level of a public official, scholar, or policymaker as you prepare to lead today’s world.

What Will You Learn in the Online MA in Public Policy – Public Administration?

As a student in the public administration degree program, you will explore the legal, political, legislative, and judicial systems in American law and policies. Through collaboration and discussion with professors and peers, you can develop expertise in the politics and operation of public administration as well as gain an understanding of regulations, government bodies, and practices in the field of public service.

As a Christian university, we strive to provide you with a solid biblical foundation in each of your courses. Our curriculum teaches you from a biblical worldview, which will allow you to investigate the Christian approach to situations you may face in the world of public administration. 

Additionally, you can learn from professors who have experience as leaders and policymakers as they guide you toward a more successful career in public service.

Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our MAPP Online Degree

  • 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’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • Tuition for our MAPP online degree program has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • You will have the opportunity to network with future leaders in public policy and administration from around the country! 

MAPP Degree Information

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Military Benefits for the Online MA in Public Policy

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)

Potential Career Options with an MAPP in Public Administration Degree

  • City manager
  • County administrator
  • Legislative aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Political analyst

Admission Requirements for Our Online MA in Public Policy

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above cumulative 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.