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Make an Impact on Your Community—and Your Career

The challenges faced by communities of all sizes are continually evolving. Capella’s online Master’s in Public Administration degree programs can help you make a positive difference in your community.

Take a bigger role in today’s government and non-profit sectors through flexible, online programs that are aligned to what is current and relevant in the field today. Capella’s online MPA programs lead the way with competency-based curriculum, ensuring you gain the skills and knowledge to reach your career goals and impact the communities you serve.

The Right Program to Meet Your Goals

Explore Capella’s online MPA programs to find the degree that aligns with your career goals:


The MPA in General Public Administration program prepares you to develop policies and manage resources to build public value. You’ll build the skills to effectively establish collaborative networks, promote ethical performance standards, enhance professional communication skills, and craft innovative solutions to public protection, policy, and governance challenges.


The MPA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program is designed around Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) standards to strengthen your ability to develop strategic, innovative, and cooperative solutions to community problems. You’ll find new and effective strategies to help underserved populations as you expand your abilities to lead through budgeting, management, and cross-sector collaboration.


The MPA in Public Policy and Governance program focuses on effectively utilizing the tools and methods of policy analysis. You’ll strengthen your communication skills in a collaborative setting and build the capacity to lead in the development and deployment of public policy initiatives.

Accelerate Toward Your Goals

Take the most direct path to your degree with Capella’s streamlined, online curriculum that delivers job-ready skills in fewer courses. Finish your online Master of Public Administration in as little as 18 months.

Capella MPA programs include a doctoral-level DPA course, creating an affordable and shorter pathway to your doctoral degree.

Scholarships and Other Savings

Keep your tuition costs down as you increase your earning potential. Savings opportunities include:

The MPA was a great experience and equipped me with critical thinking methods, quality research tactics, and familiarity with the APA writing style. I could literally ‘jump right in’ to my PhD program.

Mike Horgen,MPA

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.

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.

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.