Program Overview

Gain the skills you need to succeed in public service or advance your career in nonprofit administration with the online Master of Public Administration degree from Aurora University. Through a broad-based management curriculum with specialized electives, you’ll build on previous academic and field experience as you learn to apply public administration theories to real-world situations. Because this program was developed in partnership with community leaders and public service professionals, you can be confident you’re getting the right education for your career goals. Become a leader in your community with Aurora University Online’s graduate public administration degree.


AU’s online MPA features coursework in community relations, budgeting, public policy and nonprofit management. All courses are taught by expert instructors with extensive experience in their fields. The MPA features no textbook costs, as it uses the Open Educational Resources library and network.

Get Started

Program Details

  • Next Start Date:January 7, 2019
  • Est. Program Length:1-2 years
  • Credit Hours:36
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$565

Core Courses: 21 hours

  • MBA6130 Economics – 3 hours
  • MPA6110 Administration of Public Institutions – 3 hours
  • MPA6120 Public Policy and Analysis – 3 hours
  • MPA6130 Government and Community Relations – 3 hours
  • MPA6140 Public Finance and Budgeting – 3 hours
  • MPA6150 Program Evaluation: Data Analysis and Decision Making – 3 hours
  • MPA6200 Advanced Seminar in Applied Public Administration – 3 hours

Elective Courses: 15 hours

*Up to 6 hours may be taken in MBA courses

  • MPA6350 Nonprofit Management and Leadership – 3 hours
  • MPA6360 Grant Writing, Philanthropy and Advancement – 3 hours
  • MPA6450 Public Safety Administration – 3 hours
  • MPA6460 Public Sector Law and Civil Liability – 3 hours
  • MPA6640 Principles of Community and Economic Development – 3 hours
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college and/or university (minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale*)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from the college or university from which you earned your bachelor’s degree, as well as from any college and/or university from which you received graduate credit

*Undergraduate GPAs below 3.0 may require two (2) letters of recommendation and/or an interview with the program director

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Enim explicabo minima sapiente eligendi illum doloribus ut labore debitis ipsa quo sint, officia quia asperiores. Nam quia ratione, dicta beatae illum ut, reprehenderit consequuntur tempore porro laudantium pariatur delectus quas deserunt.

Online MPA Career Outcomes

Boost your earnings, job security and career opportunities by earning an online MPA. You can take advantage of a number of career outcomes, including the following:

  • Executive Director - Nonprofit
  • Grant Writer
  • Budget Analyst
  • City Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Public Administration Consultant

Next Steps

Learn More

Discover the Aurora University Online program that will help you reach your goals.

Request Info

Apply Today

Fill out the free application to get started with your online MPA program.

Apply Now