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Designed to develop your skills, knowledge, and theories, the MPA program can help increase your professional impact.
Designed to meet NASPAA and ASPA standards, the curriculum offers you opportunities to learn valuable industry skills.
The MPA program allows you to apply what you’ve learned in courses and put public administration policies and processes in place.
Source: Ruffalo Noel Levitz Priorities Survey for Online Learners, 2016.
Created to help you lead, communicate, and ethically create change in human, social, and economic challenges.
Source: Gallup Research Study, 2016.
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A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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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 leadership.
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 transfer.
|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 practices. 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 PSY8002.
|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|
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The MPA was a great experience and equipped me with critical-thinking methods.
Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with an MPA.
*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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