Your browser does not support JavaScript! or JavaScript is currently disabled.

General Public Administration Specialization Master of Public Administration

School of Public Service Leadership

Overview

Learn how to develop policies and effectively manage public administration resources with Capella University’s online Master of Public Administration program. You have the option to fast-track your degree program and earn your online Master of Public Administration (MPA) in as little as 18 months, with the ability to transfer up to 25% of your program from previous work.

Designed around national public administration curriculum standards, your coursework will focus on building public value by: establishing collaborative networks; promoting ethical performance standards; enhancing professional communication skills; and crafting innovative solutions to public protection, policy and governance challenges.

Capella is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) - a global standard in public service education – ensuring your degree is highly recognized and respected. Moreover, our faculty all hold doctoral degrees and have leadership experience in world-class public service and non-profit organizations.

Degree Outcomes

With your online MPA degree from Capella, you'll learn to manage public administration resources effectively while developing solutions based on citizen involvement, informed decision making and leadership. You'll also develop and implement public administration policies and administrative processes.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with a Master's in General Public Administration degree include: adjunct or part-time faculty, analyst, city manager, economic development manager, fundraising and development manager, government relations manager, human services manager, nonprofit manager, parks and recreation manager, political leader, social service provider, and administrator. Potential workplaces include: consulting firm, educational institution, government, International organization, land-based or online college or university, nonprofit organization, political association, research organization, think tank, and trade group.

Detailed Program Information

Get all the details about cost, courses, requirements, and more.

Download the GuidedPath Specialization Guide »

Classes Start November 6th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future. 

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo FALL17)

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$20,150$26,225*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$525 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$30 Million in Scholarships Available

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

View Capella Scholarships »

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Discover Military Benefits »

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Learn about Transfer Credits »

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Advisors

Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors–they know all about the details of your program.

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.