Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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Webster University Online
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2 Years
Time to Completion
Cost Per Credit Hour
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Become a skilled civic leader

Become a public service leader with the skills and expertise to make a difference in your community. Webster's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program gives you a deep understanding of both the public and nonprofit sectors, as well as the management techniques and leadership experience you need to make effective public policy decisions.

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Why Webster for your MPA?

Designed for working professionals

Our faculty teach the latest practices in the public administration field, allowing you to take what you learn in class and apply it to work immediately. This program is ideal for:

Gain a competitive edge

Explore a wide range of topics—including management, public policy, and data analysis—as you prepare to positively impact your community. You’ll graduate ready to:

Develop marketable skills

Learn proven strategies and gain real-world insights for public administration, training, management, and development. Specialize in a high-growth area with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity or Digital Marketing Management.

Your course list

The 36 credit hours required for the Master of Public Administration must include the following courses:

MPA Core Coursework
  • Business
  • Integrated Studies in Public Administration or Travel in Public Administration
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Administration
  • Public Budget and Finance
  • Public Data Design and Analysis
  • Public Human Resource Management
  • Public Law and Ethics
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Public Policy
  • Public Research Design and Analysis

In addition, you will complete up to two electives from the Public Administration field of study.

Emphasis in Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Infrastructures
  • Cybersecurity Law and Policy
  • Cybersecurity Threat Detection
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity

Emphasis in Digital Marketing Management
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Management of Digital Marketing
  • Management of Social Media
  • Marketing Analytics

Flexible learning designed for you

Complete your MPA through Webster University Online or in person at one of our locations across the U.S. and abroad—or take a hybrid approach to suit your preferences or needs.

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Enjoy a rewarding career in public service

Our graduates lead government agencies, nonprofits, social service organizations, and consulting firms. You'll graduate ready to make a difference in a variety of roles, such as:

County Administrator


(Average Annual Salary
National, September 2023)

Urban Planner


(Average Annual Salary
National, September 2023)

Management Analyst


(Average Annual Salary
National, September 2023)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Tell Us About Your Goals

Achieve your personal and professional goals

We’re here to help

Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your MPA.

An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your ACBSP-accredited Master of Public Administration from Webster, an independent, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Learn from experts

Combine theory and practice as you work alongside faculty members with professional experience in the field. They serve as mentors who are willing and eager to support your career goals.