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Online Master of Public Administration

Expert leadership in the public sector begins with the right education and training. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects this area to grow between 2012 and 2022.* Learn to lead, manage and create long-lasting societal changes with an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Anna Maria College (AMC). As the accepted professional credential for public service professionals, the MPA is also an essential credential for many elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.

Our online MPA does not require a GRE (or other entrance exam), offers five specializations and a mid-career track.

*David Forsberg, M.B.A. (Former Dean of the School of Business, 2013 -2015) discusses the powerful impact of combining the right education and exposure in a public administration career.

What is a Master of Public Administration?

A Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares you with leadership skills required to run a company or organization within the public sector.

AMC’s online MPA prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state/provincial, federal/national government, and in the nonprofit sectors. The rigorous curriculum lays the groundwork in fundamental public administration skills such as executive organization, budget planning, strategic management of human capital and public policy. This, alongside our experienced, industry thought leaders as faculty, will prepare you to successfully lead.

Get an inside look at what past and current students are experiencing in the Capstone, the final course in the MPA program.

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Impactful MPA Specializations

Professions within the public sector reach far and wide, across many industries. AMC’s master’s in public administration offers the choice of diverse specializations that give you critical knowledge in your specific area of interest:

These specializations offer the most current information to prepare you for a variety of career paths, such as:

  • Chief Development Officer
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Emergency Services Director
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Public Works Director
  • Fire Chief
  • Chief of Police or Detective
  • City Planning & Management
  • Economic Development
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Financial Management
  • Emergency Management Operations

Continue reading on the career opportunities a Master of Public Administration may help you achieve.

Obtain Vital Leadership Practices

With AMC’s online MPA, you’ll obtain key knowledge in high-level areas, such as executive leadership, ethics, public policy and strategic planning. Courses are delivered by professors with decades of combined experience in multiple levels of public sector organizations. Our online MPA allows you to:

  • Gain an advantage with a curriculum built on the latest trends, public sector leadership and policy
  • Learn from an experienced team of professors sourced from within the industry
  • Study when you want, where you want with a convenient all-online format – perfect for working adults

The Direct Track for Anna Maria College's Master of Public Administration is a total of 36 credit hours. For those who qualify, a mid-career track is available in which only 30 credit hours are required.

Mid-Career Track: Your Work Experience Counts

If you have at least four years of progressive work experience in public administration or in one of the concentration areas, you may be eligible to waive up to two courses from the online MPA requirements. That means you could earn your online Master of Public Administration degree in as few as 10 courses instead of 12.

Completion of the U.S. Fire Administration’s Executive Fire Officer program may qualify you for admission to the online Master of Public Administration program and earn you up to 6 credit hours toward an MPA with a Fire and Emergency Services specialization.

Transfer Credits

Accepted and matriculated students may be able to transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited institution towards the required credits for a master’s program based on certain conditions. Alum of Anna Maria College may be able to transfer up to nine credits towards their Anna Maria College masters degree. To learn more about this option please reach out to an admissions adviser.

Learning Outcomes

Learn more about this program’s mission, goals and educational objectives outlined by Anna Maria College.

Students should expect to spend approximately 17-20 hours per week on coursework in each 3-credit 8-week online course. Coursework can include reading, viewing PowerPoints, watching videos, completing assignments, taking exams, working on projects, writing essays, and participating in weekly online discussion threads.

View Anna Maria College credit hour policy for online courses.

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Gain the academic knowledge and practical skills you need succeed at the highest levels of leadership with the online MPA from Anna Maria College. Click here or call 877-265-3201 to speak with an admissions adviser.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2014-15 Edition, accessed 3/27/2014

We are authorized to offer our online programs in most areas in the U.S., but are still awaiting full approval from a few select states. To determine if you are located in a state in which Anna Maria College is authorized to confer an online degree, please visit