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Master of Public Administration

Tarleton’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is a business degree for the public sector and it prepares individuals to serve as managers as executives of local, state, and federal government, and increasingly in nongovernmental organization (NGO) and nonprofit sectors. The MPA degree provides the skills needed to run programs and implement policies for the public good.

Increasingly, nonprofit organizations are looking for graduates with a better understanding of budgeting, management, law, and legal processes to take on leadership roles. Earning an MPA degree can help those in the nonprofit sector become leaders in their organizations.

Instruction includes the roles, development, and principles of public administration; public policy management and implementation. The Master of Public Administration degree is a 30-hour program that equips graduates with skills and knowledge covering a broad range of topics and disciplines relevant to the public sector. The core curriculum of the MPA program includes courses on nonprofit and public sector marketing, public administration, state and local government, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, and public policy.

MPA graduates may find themselves working as policy analysts, county officials, city managers or a corporate manager. They also often work as managers of nonprofit organizations, including charities or activist organizations as managers of finance or operations. These MPA professionals play a major role in these operations working efficiently and effectively.

To pursue this degree, you need a baccalaureate degree, acceptance to the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton, internet access, basic computer skills, time that you can dedicate to completing the required course content, and the desire to complete an advanced degree that can provide opportunities for career advancement!