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Master's of Public Administration

EKU’s online master’s in public administration degree provides the critical skills needed to assume a variety of leadership roles within nonprofit, public sector and government institutions.

Our customizable program allows you to hone your leadership and managerial skills with a broad study of public administration or to leverage your interests and work experience by acquiring in-depth specialization in a variety of focus areas.


Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 39 hours
2017-2018 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, nonprofit manager, nonprofit director,social services manager, community services manager, budget analyst, policy analyst, government  liaison specialist

* With departmental approval

Choose the program track that best fits your needs:


Community Development Concentration

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

Customizable MPA Concentration

Leverage your interests and experience by building a customized concentration in areas including:

  • General public administration
  • Homeland security
  • Emergency  management
  • Occupational safety

Enhance your degree with a certificate
Choose from numerous graduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your public administration background 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 and professional preparation through course topics such as Public sector leadership, public finance administration, public human resources management, Policy analysis and program evaluation, administrative law, and administration, ethics and public policy.

  • 8-week terms
  • Special tuition for active duty service members
  • NASPAA-accredited program
  • GRE waived for students with a 3.0 GPA
  • Personalized graduation plan
  • 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.