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Public Policy and Governance Specialization Master of Public Administration

School of Public Service Leadership

Overview

Focus on tools and methods of policy analysis, while strengthening your communication skills in a collaborative setting, with Capella University's online Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public Policy and Governance.  You can earn your degree in as little as 18 months with the ability to transfer up to 25% of your program from previous graduate work. Moreover, this program allows you to save time and money by demonstrating your knowledge through a prior learning assessment.

Capella’s core MPA courses focus on all facets of public administration that, combined with your chosen specialization, give you comprehensive knowledge to excel in your career no matter which direction you go. People who choose this degree often pursue public policy leadership positions, assess public policy initiatives, or are considering a career change in the public policy sector.

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 in the public administration field.

Degree Outcomes

Providing a curriculum designed around national standards—including those from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)—and based on input from employers and industry experts, Capella constructs each course and assignment to deliver career-relevant competencies, providing you with skills immediately applicable to your career such as:

  • Learning strategic management and planning processes.
  • Analyzing policy-maker models to evaluate the effect of programs on societal problems.
  • Gaining in-depth understanding of the collaborative governance structure that enables public organizations to meet or exceed program initiative goals.

Career Outcomes

Common careers with a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy and Governance include program analyst, government affairs executive, research associate, urban planner, program coordinator, public service manager or director, city manager, chief administrative officer, county commissioner, and political scientist.

Detailed Program Information

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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. 

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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. 

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10% Military Discount

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

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Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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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.