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Public Administration Master’s Degree 

Turn your passion for public service into a rewarding career. EKU’s 100% online master of public administration degree (MPA) 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, nonprofit manager, nonprofit director, social services manager, community services manager, budget analyst, policy analyst, government liaison specialist

*With departmental approval


Earn a certificate as you complete your degree
Complement your master of public administration degree with a specialized certificate. Select one of three specialty areas, based on interests and career goals, and earn a certificate in that area as you complete your degree – at no additional cost.

Designed for working professionals, certificates are an excellent way to customize your MPA for your own needs. Flexibility in your course work allows you to maximize your work experience, enhance your credentials and gain a competitive edge in the job market.

MPA with a Certificate in Community Development
Gain in-depth experience in the modalities needed to affect the social, economic and environmental policies required to empower communities. Develop land use plans and programs that help build communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Course topics include:

  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Community Development
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Grant Writing

MPA with a Certificate in Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience
Set yourself apart with in-depth knowledge of public administration in the context of disaster preparedness and management. Prepare plans and procedures for responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. Help lead the response during and after emergencies, often in coordination with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Course topics include:

  • Infrastructure Protection & Risk Analysis
  • Achieving Long-Term Disaster Resilience
  • Evolution of Emergency Management 
  • Intergovernmental Relations in Disaster Management

MPA with a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies
Leverage your interests and experience by building a customized certificate to enhance your public administration degree.

Course topics include:

  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Community Development
  • Infrastructure Protection & Risk Analysis
  • Achieving Long-Term Disaster Resilience
MPA with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Gain the skills needed to position yourself as a mission- and results-driven professional and implement and oversee strategic planning and financial leadership in the public sector. 
Course topics include:
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Strategic Planning and Grant Writing
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Non-Profit Financial Management
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
  • Earn a certificate in an area of specialization as you complete your degree
  • 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.