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Master's of Public Administration

Turn your passion for public service into a rewarding career. EKU’s 100% online master’s in public administration degree provides the leadership and managerial skills needed to translate your ideas into effective solutions for your community.

EKU’s public administration program allows you to leverage your interests and work experience by acquiring in-depth specialization in a range of focus areas. Graduates are prepared to assume a variety of leadership roles within nonprofit, public sector and government institutions.


Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 36 hours
Tuition: $611 per credit hour
                   $325 per credit hour for active duty military
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 12 hours*
Career Options: Community development specialist, economic development specialist, city manager, nonprofit manager, nonprofit director, social services manager, community services manager, budget analyst, policy analyst, government  liaison specialist

*With departmental approval

Choose the program Concentration that best fits your needs:

Community Development
Gain in-depth experience in the modalities needed to affect the social, economic and environmental policies required to empower communities.

Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience
Set yourself apart with in-depth knowledge of public administration in the context of disaster preparedness and management.

Interdisciplinary Studies
Leverage your interests and experience by building a customized concentration in general public administration or earn a certificate as you work toward your degree.

What sets our program apart?
Providing a program that can be tailored to your career goals, EKU’s curriculum blends academic andprofessional preparation through course topics such as public sector leadership, public finance administration, human resources management, policy analysis and program evaluation, and administration, ethics and public policy.

  • NASPAA-accredited program
  • GRE waived for students with a 3.0 GPA
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members
  • Personalized graduation plan
  • No campus visits required
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Our program is devoted to the high standards set by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.