Program Overview

The online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership opportunities in public governance, law enforcement, as well as non-governmental organizations including the nonprofit sector. The MPA student will acquire professional knowledge and practical skills in organizational leadership, public policy development, political strategy for problem-solving, finance for decision-making, stakeholder engagement with diverse populations, and values-based ethics.

Program Highlights

  • Relevant knowledge and skills for effective leadership in a variety of organizational settings
  • A practical blend of theory and real-world application of relevant principles
  • Evaluation of decision-making processes using biblical concepts and values-based ethics
  • Graduates leave prepared for leadership careers in multiple fields, or to continue with doctoral studies

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Potential Careers

Graduates of the program are armed with the knowledge and practical skills needed to succeed in a variety of roles in related industries:

Public Administration

Government (Local, State, or Federal)

Nonprofit Organizations

Public Works Agencies

Course Requirements

Students must complete the following degree components at LAPU or via applicable transfer credits. See the catalog for more details.

Major Course Requirements
36 Credits

ORGS 510Leadership and Management in Public Administration

3 Credits

ORGS 540Conflict Resolution and Labor Negotiations

3 Credits

ORGS 610Organizational Behavior and Development

3 Credits

PUBA 500History and Theory of Public Administration

3 Credits

PUBA 520Public Finance and Budgeting

3 Credits

PUBA 530Public Personnel Management

3 Credits

PUBA 550Public Policy Analysis

3 Credits

PUBA 560Legal and Ethical Issues

3 Credits

PUBA 570Political Economy

3 Credits

PUBA 590Professional Communication in Public Administration

3 Credits

PUBA 600Public Administration Program Evaluation

3 Credits

PUBA 690MPA Capstone

3 Credits
Total Credits
36 Credits
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