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Top Five Online Master of Public Administration Programs

Top Five Online Master of Public Administration Programs

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree has become one of the most popular degrees for public sector careers along with the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Social Work. The MPA is an excellent choice for a generalist education that provides the academic background for work in any number of public sector environments. The budget process, policy development process, and legislative process cross all the categories of government work: healthcare, public works, social services, revenue and taxation, public protection, and emergency services.

1. Walden University has structured the online MPA program to offer many areas of specialization, some of which are interdisciplinary. Some are areas of concentration you might find in a MSW program, others are related to public safety. The areas of concentration include: Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Health Policy, Homeland Security Policy, Interdisciplinary Policy Studies, International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs), Law and Public Policy, Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Policy Analysis, and Public Management and Leadership.

2. Capella University offers the MPA as a standard graduate program online, with the option to add an area of concentration through additional study. The standard 48 credit program can be completed in eighteen months to two years; Capella operates on the quarter system The optional areas of specialization include Fire Service Administration, Forensics, Health Policy and Management, Homeland Security, Public Health, and Public Policy & Management.

3. Kaplan University Master of Public Administration program is a 55 credit hour degree offered online with four areas of concentration. There is a general MPA degree, or students may opt for an area of concentration in Criminal Justice Management, Governmental Management, or Health Care Management. All specialization areas include five courses.

4. Ashford University offers the online MPA in one of the convenient distance learning formats wherein each course is taken sequentially over a short period of time. Ashford's program has courses that are six weeks in length and contain weekly assignments that are turned in via the internet. The Ashford MPA qualifies for military tuition assistance for eligible active members, veterans, and spouses.

5. New England College has an online Master of Public Policy degree as a thirty six credit, nine class program. The classes are delivered in seven week long modules; most students enroll in two classes per period. The entire program can be completed in less than two years. Classes include Economic Analysis, Environmental Politics & Policy, Governmental Policy Makers, and Class, Poverty & Race in America - all issues that are relevant to a career in public policy.

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