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Online Degree Overview

Master of Public Administration

Dr. Doretha Walker, Program Director, Master of Public Administration
Designed to be completed in as little as 16 months, our Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree online curriculum pulls from a broad range of disciplines to provide both foundational and specialized information of value to anyone pursuing a public administration career.

Beyond exploring the structure of political, social, and institutional systems, your online MPA courses will cover topics like data analysis, budgeting, ethical decision-making, fundraising, HR and volunteer management, and leadership—all within the context of helping public and nonprofit organizations to maximize their impact and achieve their goals.

Course Requirements

Master of Public Administration: 48 Credits
Core: 44 Credits
MBA6501 Strategic Human Resources Management, 4 Credit Hours
MPA5001 Foundations of Public Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MPA5005 Public and Non-profit Organizational Behavior, 4 Credit Hours
MPA5010 Public and Non-profit Budgeting and Accounting, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6001 Research and Data Analysis in Public Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6100 Non-profit Fundraising and Volunteer Development, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6105 Grant Writing and Contract Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6110 Management of Non-profit Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6115 Program Evaluation of Public and Non-profit Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6501 State and Local Government and Intergovernmental Relations, 4 Credit Hours
MPA6505 Legislative and Judicial Process, 4 Credit Hours
Capstone: 4 Credits
MPA6999 Strategic Challenges in Public Administration, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Public Administration program, students should be able to:

  • Apply a broad conceptual framework to public administration issues, which will include economic, political, legal and social institutions and processes that affect the actions and decision of political leaders and public managers.
  • Communicate clearly, orally and in writing, their understanding of the challenges of government agencies and many public sector problems/issues and the multiple paths for solutions.
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills in order to build strategic alliances within political and administrative structures.
  • Apply quantitative analysis and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate attainment of discipline-specific knowledge and the practical skills to be effective in the field.

Career Outlook

As a graduate of the Master of Public Administration online program, you’ll be prepared to seek career opportunities within municipalities, states, provinces, federal government, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Related jobs include:

  • General and Operations Managers
  • Legislators
  • Transportation Managers
  • Logistics Managers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Regulatory Affairs Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Supply Chain Managers

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

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Erika Wiggins Grad Alumni
Class of '11
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

“I'm recognizing more about what I'm really capable of at South University. When you have education, you have a foundation, and you have something that will propel you to growth and strength in the world.”

Jennifer DAngelo 2018
Jennifer DAngelo Grad Alumni
'05
Bachelor of Health Sciences

“I needed a program that would support my professional and academic goals in addition to understanding my family obligations. South University did that and so much more. South University and their compassionate staff and educators never stopped encouraging me to follow my dreams. From helping me with class schedule adjustments to providing financial aid services, they always assisted me in my time of need.”

Endora Todd 2004
Endora Todd Grad Alumni
Class of '04
Bachelor of Business Administration

“The organization serves a unique population of students who see value in small class sizes, individual attention and support before, during and after graduation”

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Zulma Alfonso Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“My classes at South University have truly moved me forward. My public speaking class shattered my insecurities and gave me so much more self-confidence about telling the world who I am and what I have to offer! I quickly let go of many self-doubts and found I had a new fearlessness to be myself no matter where -- or in what circumstances -- I found myself.”

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“It took me almost ten years to realize that without an education I would be stuck working for minimum wage at dead-end jobs, I was a single mother of two children living on welfare. South University allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance my career at my own pace. My education has enabled me to take care of my family.”

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