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Manage public administration resources effectively.
Develop solutions based on citizen involvement, informed decision-making, and leadership.
Develop and put public administration policies and administrative
processes in place.
Apply professional ethics with integrity.
Implement fair solutions for diverse populations in the global
Communicate effectively across the public administration discipline.
Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.
Learn the latest in theory and practice from a doctoral faculty who
are actively engaged in the public administration field.
Engaging media simulations help you develop and practice skills in
on-the-job, risk-free scenarios.
Gain relevant skills and knowledge from a competency-based curriculum designed around NASPAA standards.
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
Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who
want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and
it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).
Your price may be higher or lower depending on your
specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer
credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you
would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits
and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.
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We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.
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Our online MPA curriculum focuses on managing public
administration resources effectively while developing solutions based
on citizen involvement, informed decision-making, and
Theories and Concepts in Public Administration
Learners in this course investigate the structures, practices, and
theoretical underpinnings of public administration. Learners acquire
and demonstrate public administration knowledge and skills to provide
high-quality professional services to the communities they serve.
Prerequisite(s): PSL7020, completion of or concurrent
registration in PSL7030. Cannot be fulfilled by
|4 quarter credits|
Ethics in the Public Sector
In this course, learners examine and apply the theoretical and
conceptual foundations of various ethical models and use them to
analyze and evaluate practices in public administration. Learners also
identify ways to ensure public sector agencies act in an ethical and
legal manner, while ensuring the integrity of all public sector
Prerequisite(s): PSL7030, completion of or concurrent
registration in PUAD7015.
|4 quarter credits|
Public Sector Policy Analysis
Learners in this course gain knowledge of differing theories
associated with organizational structure, organizational environments,
and organizational leadership in public sector settings. Learners also
determine ways to effectively apply theories and skills needed to
collaborate with diverse populations; manage human, technological,
information, financial, political, and networking resources; analyze
and formulate appropriate responses to public administration, public
health, and public safety issues; communicate clearly and effectively;
and maintain professional ethics and integrity.
Prerequisite(s): PSL7030 and PUAD7015; or
|4 quarter credits|
Public Sector Budgeting
In this course, learners gain and implement skills needed to be sound
stewards of public resources. Learners examine revenue streams used to
fund government agencies. Learners also apply practices used to
develop budgets that mirror public priorities and processes used to
ensure funds are appropriately allocated.
Prerequisite(s): PSL7030, PUAD7015.
|4 quarter credits|
Concentrations let you hone in on your specific area of interest that
can get you even closer to your exact career goals. The concentrations
you earn will be included on your transcript.
Apply research and theory to inform policy and practice to design and
manage resilient systems.
Prepare to teach using your personal teaching philosophy and applying
ethical decision-making, multicultural competence, and more.
Analyze the key issues related to administering the human elements
such as motivation, compensation, appraisal, career planning,
diversity, ethics, and training.
Implement project management practices through innovative technology
related to communication, collaboration, information management, and
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For this team, it's more than resumes and interview tips. It's about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.
Career paths in governance, nonprofit leadership, and community
management are all related to an MPA.
Interested in public policy? See how you can make change happen with
an MPH, MPA, or MHA.
Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our
Master of Public Administration degree.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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