The public administration field offers a wealth of opportunity as well as professional mobility. 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.
Salaries of urban/regional planners are projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031. And salaries for social services managers are expected to see a 12 percent growth rate for the same time period.
— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Providing a program that can be tailored to your career goals, EKU blends academic and professional 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.
EKU has received national reaccreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). NASPAA is the only accrediting body for US programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs, and has recently moved into international accreditation.
Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the highest quality education in public administration. It also means that we consistently identify and track the knowledge, skills, and abilities we expect our students to achieve.
The EKU MPA Program makes a report to NASPAA every year which provides information about the program, the success of students -including job placements and graduation rates as we report them to NASPAA. The reports are linked below for you to read. Summary tables for graduation rates and job placement are below.
Complement your master of public administration degree with a specialized certificate. Select one of four 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. This maximizes your flexibility to gain a competitive edge in the job market.
EKU’s online public administration curriculum prepares students for a variety of rewarding career options that will allow you to improve your community and make your mark as a public servant.
Master of public administration courses are designed to provide skill sets that can be immediately applied to your job and are taught by instructors with real-world experience. Courses include public sector leadership, administration, ethics and public policy, public finance administration, human resources management, and policy analysis and program evaluation.
EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.
Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.
*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.
“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”
– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate