Master of Public Administration

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Ashford University's Master of Public Administration program is designed to provide you with expertise and skills you could use to pursue administrative jobs in local, state, and federal government as well as positions in nonprofit management. If you'd like to learn more about Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University's Master of Public Administration, read on.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Master of Public Administration program is designed to give you the opportunity to develop wide-ranging skills relevant within government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Coursework has been developed with the intent of enhancing your understanding of urban planning and development, public finance, budgeting, and policy development. Students enrolled in the program also have the chance to explore communications and management approaches that account for organizational attributes commonly found in nonprofit and government environments. The program features opportunities for you to hone critical thinking skills and put public administration principles to the test within the context of real-world scenarios. This program is part of the Forbes School of Business & Technology™, and its students have access to a variety of unique resources and online events, such as webinars that feature business experts from Forbes.

How Can I Prepare?

In order to enroll in Ashford University's Master of Public Administration program, you must have a bachelor's degree in any academic discipline. You may also have work experience within a government agency or nonprofit organization. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Public Administration consists of 36 credits.

Master of Public Administration Requirements

Course Number Course Title
BUS 600 Management Communications with Technology Tools
BUS 610 Organizational Behavior
OMM 618 Human Resources Management
OMM 640 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
BUS 660 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership
BUS 599 Introduction to Quantitative Principles
PPA 601 Foundations of Public Administration
PPA 602 Public Financial Management
PPA 603 Government Budgeting
PPA 604 Urban Planning/Redevelopment
PPA 605 Negotiation, Bargaining & Conflict Management
PPA 699 Public Policy Development

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Completing Ashford University's Master of Public Administration program may allow you to develop expertise and skills that could make you eligible to pursue high-level nonprofit management positions as well as government jobs at the local, state, and federal levels.

Positions that you may be qualified to apply for include:

  • Policy analyst
  • Urban planner
  • Non-profit and NGO director
  • Legislative advisor
  • Personnel manager