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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.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

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.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

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.

Credit for Prior Learning

Receive up to 12 credits toward this program — and save more than $6,228 on your degree — by earning credit for the knowledge that your Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential represents. Learn more.

To learn more, call 866.933.5953, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.