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Master of Public Administration Program

School of Public Service Leadership

Be a driving force for community change. Capella’s online Master of Public Administration program equips you to work with diverse populations, understand policy development, and manage public resources. 

Why Choose Capella?

At Capella, our experienced faculty works to teach you skills you can use immediately in your career. Our engaging online courses, unparalleled support team, and professionally aligned MPA degree program put you on the path to success.

Professionally Aligned

Capella’s public administration programs are designed to meet NASPAA standards–you’ll learn what’s most important. 

Real-World Education

Capella’s competency-based approach helps you gain knowledge you can use right away on the job.

Specialize for Your Goals

There’s an MPA for you–specialize in general administration, nonprofit management, or policy and governance. 

Flexible Online Learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

A Streamlined Path

Reach your goals as quickly and affordably as possible with many ways you may be able to save time and money.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

All our faculty hold PhDs and bring years of experience, as well as the latest theories and practice to students.  

Program Specializations

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella Degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes and gainful employment.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Impact Public Policy with an MPH, MPA, or MHA

Interested in public policy? See how you can make change happen with an MPH, MPA, or MHA.

5 Fast-Growing Careers in Public Administration

An MPA prepares graduates to develop policies and effectively lead or manage organizations.

Nonprofit Management and Public Policy: Two Sides of a Coin

Explore two potential career paths with an advanced degree in public administration.

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