Master in Public Administration

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Strayer University's Master in Public Administration program is designed to teach you about public budgeting and finance, politics, policy, and ethics in the public sector, and other relevant topics. If you'd like to learn more about the Master in Public Administration program, read on.

What Kind of Program Is It?

When you enroll in Strayer University's Master in Public Administration program, you'll have an opportunity to study modern public administration, public personnel management, public budgeting and finance, policy analysis and program evaluation, and leadership and conflict resolution. A directed research project must also be completed in order to meet the degree requirements.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you'd like to enroll in Strayer University's Master in Public Administration program, you must have an interest in working in the public sector and have strong problem-solving and communication skills. Applicants to Strayer University's programs should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Strayer University's Master in Public Administration program is comprised of 54 credits: 18 credits of core component courses, 22.5 credits of major courses, and 13.5 credits of concentration courses.

Area I Core Component
CIS 500 Information Systems for Decision-Making
ECO 550 Managerial Economics and Globalization
MAT 540 Quantitative Methods
RES 531 Research Methods

Area II Major Component
PAD 500 Modern Public Administration: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PAD 515 Leadership and Conflict Resolution
PAD 525 Constitutional and Administrative Law
PAD 530 Public Personnel Management
PAD 590 Directed Research Project

Area III Concentration
PAD 505 Public Budgeting and Finance
PAD 510 Politics, Policy and Ethics in the Public Sector
PAD 520 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

When you have completed Strayer University's Master in Public Administration program, you have the opportunity to compete for jobs in the public sector. The government at the local, state, and federal level may also be a source of jobs for new graduates. Graduates can also choose to pursue certification in order to boost their chances of employment. Some agencies that currently provide certification include the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Society for Public Administration. Some possible career paths could include:

  • City Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • City Planner
  • Director of Administration