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Make an Impact on Your Community—and Your Career

Both the government and nonprofit sectors need public administration professionals to lead and evaluate strategic initiatives, assess public needs, administer resources, and more. Gain these skills and many more through a flexible, online public administration program from Capella.

Your Capella education will prepare you to be a valuable collaborator and advocate. Through a competency-based MPA, DPA, or certificate program, you’ll be able to implement what you are learning right away and make an immediate impact on your career and your community.


Administer programs, raise funds, and direct organizations


Conduct research, work in government agencies, and develop policy


Manage public resources and work to develop policy and processes

Accelerate Toward Your Goals

Capella’s streamlined curriculum provides maximum efficiency and cost savings while ensuring that you develop skills aligned to your professional goals.

  • Finish your online Master of Public Administration in as little as 18 months.
  • Earn your Doctor of Public Administration in as few as three years.
  • Capella MPA programs include a DPA course, creating an affordable and shorter pathway to your doctoral degree.
  • Earn a marketable certificate and apply the credits to your MPA.

Aligned with the Public Administration Profession

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. Capella’s public administration programs are designed around national public administration curriculum standards, including those from the NASPAA.

Capella is a proud partner of the YMCA, providing employees with a flexible format to advance their education and further improve the communities they serve. We have aligned our competencies within the nonprofit management and leadership doctoral and master's degree programs to match what nonprofit employers, such as the YMCA, are seeking.

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.

Scholarships and Other Savings

Keep your tuition costs down with a scholarship that never has to be paid back. Current opportunities include a $3,000 Public Service Master's Scholarship.

Maximize your savings when you:

Gain Job-Ready Skills—Even Before You Graduate

Strengthen your collaboration skills as you take on real-world challenges in our in our exclusive virtual lab. You’ll enhance your ability to lead through challenges as you respond to situations while honoring ethics, organizational missions, operational efficacy, and cultural differences.

Distinguished Faculty

Every faculty member in the Capella School of Public Service holds a doctoral degree. Our experienced instructors provide expertise to regional, national, and international public service organizations and government agencies.

Inspire Giving Program

With Capella's Inspire Giving program, you don't have to wait until you graduate to make a difference. Every time you share your stories or connect Capella with your community we'll make a charitable donation to the nonprofit of your choice.