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To apply for the Master’s in Public Administration online program at Anna Maria College, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and you must submit the following items:

  • Completed Online Application
  • Non-refundable $40 application fee
  • Official conferred degree bearing undergraduate transcript. If you have completed graduate work that you would like considered, an official transcript will be required.
  • Two references listing the name, title, phone number, email address, relationship to you and employer for each reference
  • Your current resumé
  • Personal statement

Note: You need to have a minimum GPA of 2.7.

The 12-course curriculum for the MPA degree is usually completed in two years, given that you take one course per term. There are six terms in a year.

Those students who meet the eligibility of the Mid-Career track may graduate in as little as one-and-a-half years, after completing 10 courses.

Students who have graduated from a qualified police or fire academy and work in a relevant field could be eligible to be waived out of two courses due to their experience. Instead of the traditional 36 credit hours needed, you may earn your MPA in as few as 30 credits or 10 courses. General Track MPA applicants may qualify for the Mid-Career Track if they have 4+ years of applicable field experience. Please check with your Program Director to evaluate your work experience and see if you qualify. You may call us at 877-265-3201 or request more information.

Yes, contact a Program Manager to learn how.

Public Policy and Executive Leadership. View the rest of the MPA courses.

Since this is a Master of Public Administration, your core Public Administration skills will be enhanced.

There are no prerequisite courses needed to enroll in the Master of Public Administration. As long as you have completed an undergraduate degree at a regionally accredited university and meet the admissions requirements, you are ready to start! Visit our admissions requirements page for more information.

Our Program Managers are here to help guide you in determining which specialization is right for you and your life goals. Reach out to a Program Manager to learn more.

This would be subject to Director approval.

Any given class will likely have a mix of seasoned professionals in fire service, law enforcement and healthcare.

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No, there aren’t specific scholarships available to online students. However, learn about financial aid options.

Accepted and matriculated students may be able to transfer up to 6 credits from a non-conferred master’s degree and a regionally accredited institution towards the required credits for a master’s program based on certain conditions. To learn more about this option please reach out to your Program Manager.

If you have graduated from a qualified police or fire academy and work in a relevant field, you may be eligible for the Mid-Career Track, allowing you to waive out of two courses, taking your MPA curriculum down to just 10 courses or 30 credits. General Track MPA applicants may qualify with 4+ years of applicable field experience.

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 12 credit hours toward an MPA with a Fire and Emergency Services specialization.


You’ll find more details on our General FAQ page. You can also call 877-265-3201 to speak with a Program Manager right away or request more information, and we’ll contact you.

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