Master of Public Administration

The coursework in Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program focuses on the skills and knowledge relevant to pursing leadership positions in public organizations. Learn more about Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the public sector. The program focuses on the knowledge areas relevant to the public administration field, including leadership and management. Program coursework emphasizes finance, human resource management, applied research and more. Students will also have an opportunity to study how to make ethical and effective decisions in the work place. The program offers you the flexibility to pursue a general Master of Public Administration or to focus on an intensive study area in health care management, governmental management, emergency and disaster management, or criminal justice. There is also the option to pursue the applied research track or comprehensive exam track.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Applicants interested in applying to Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program should hold a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED. Since the program is offered online, applicants need access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Public Administration program consists of a total of 55 credits. Credit requirements are divided between 30 core credits and 25 intensive study elective credits. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Major Core Requirements

  • Public Administration and Management
  • Research and Writing in Public Administration
  • Leadership in the Public Sector
  • Finance and the Administration of Public Funds
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
  • Applied Research or Comprehensive Exam Capstone
  • Administrative Law
  • Balancing the Budget - Budgetary Process
  • Political and Economic Forces
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • 500/600 Level: Legal Studies Elective

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing Kaplan University's Master Public Administration program graduates could be prepared to pursue career opportunities in government agencies and organizations, such as*:

  • County administrator
  • Public works director
  • City manager
  • Project manager

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration program could also prepare you to further your education at the doctoral degree level. Graduates could pursue doctoral degrees in general public administration or other specialized areas of management. Here are a few degrees that you could consider†:

  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Management
  • Doctor of Public Service
  • Doctor of Business Administration