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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Online MPA Program

featuring 2 concentrations

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Why Choose Cambridge College Global?

Cambridge College Global offers an affordable, world-class education, literally at your fingertips. Our online learning platform is ideal for today’s busy working adult. We understand the need for access to high-quality online degrees and provide programs that are:


Courses are 100% online, allowing you to study anytime and anywhere.


Career-focused coursework is led by faculty with real-world experience.


Cambridge College is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Become a Leader Who Redefines Public Service

Are you seeking to advance your career by creating systemic change through purposeful public service and principled leadership? Our Master of Public Administration degree at Cambridge College Global goes beyond just education - it provides a personalized and engaging learning journey. Through collaborative discussions, community-based projects, and a capstone experience, our Master in Public Administration degree cultivates a supportive learning community that will prepare you to excel in your public or non-profit sector career making a difference in diverse communities. Our program is fully available online, bringing interactive and collaborative learning directly to you—no campus required.

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What You Will Learn in this Online Master in Public Administration

Ready to guide real change through purposeful public service? In our immersive learning journey, you'll dive deep into hands-on analysis and strategy development for today's real-world challenges, including a 10-week capstone project based on a practical issue. You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of modern governance, public-private partnerships, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the economic forces shaping policy. Lessons ensure you build skills to craft inclusive policies, lead diverse teams, and steer initiatives.

You'll emerge with an essential toolkit to drive change through purposeful leadership:

  • Evaluating current policies, debating proposed reforms, analyzing real-world impacts and challenges
  • Analyzing ethical dilemmas administrators face related to transparency, accountability, and public interest
  • Discussing strategies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and how these can be applied in local/state governments
  • Examining economic policies and their impacts on local economies
  • Assessing different public-private partnership models and understanding how to improve their effectiveness
  • Developing budgets for departments/programs and strategically prioritizing needs with limited resources
  • Engaging community members and leaders to understand diverse needs and improve inclusion

The following hands-on experience will help you gain necessary real-world expertise:

  • Designing public health campaigns, new parks, or city planning projects
  • Partnering with real nonprofit and public organizations
  • Developing community safety programs to address concerns like drug abuse or youth crime by collaborating with local leaders
  • Creating budget proposals for local departments

Is the Master in Public Administration Degree Right for You?

This online Master in Public Administration is designed for the passionate, the driven, and the community-minded individual who sees the bigger picture of societal structures. It's a perfect match if you're an entry or mid-level public/nonprofit professional looking to build expertise across sectors, enhance strategic planning skills, and lead with a renewed vision focused on community empowerment and systems-level change. If you're constantly seeking ways to meaningfully contribute to evolving public dialogue, advocate for equitable policies, and provide a voice for the underserved, this program is for you.

Our program not only welcomes but celebrates a multitude of voices and perspectives. In this course, diversity is not just an abstract ideal—it's a living, breathing part of the educational experience. This is a course where your unique identity and background are embraced as assets that enrich learning. When you join our mission toward equitable public service, you'll find the passageway to your future illuminated with purpose—ready for your passion and imagination to light the way to meaningful change.

Discover Specialized Expertise with Our Concentrations

In our Master of Public Administration program, you have the opportunity to tailor your education and focus on your specific career goals by selecting one of our two concentrations: Non-Profit or Public Sector.

Non-Profit Concentration:

Delve into the unique challenges and dynamics of the non-profit sector with courses like Non-profit Law, Marketing, Financial Management, Management, and Fundraising. Gain the skills and knowledge needed to lead and make a meaningful impact in the world of non-profit organizations.

Public Sector Concentration:

If your passion lies in public service and government, our Public Sector Concentration equips you with the essential tools to thrive in this dynamic arena. You'll study Public Budgeting and Financial Analysis, Leadership in Public Organizations, State and Local Politics, Administrative Law, and Policy Analysis, preparing you to excel in the public sector and drive positive change in your community.

Choose the concentration that aligns with your aspirations and embark on a transformative educational journey with Cambridge College Global.

Program/School-Specific Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Interview conducted by phone.
  • Current Résumé.
  • Personal Statement - Write a 1-2 page essay (250-500 words) describing how this program will assist you in achieving your personal and/or professional goals.
  • No GRE required.

General Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 8 graduate sessions. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.

For more details, fill out the Request More Information form and an admission counselor will contact you. Your admission counselor can also help you explore financial options and walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application and providing undergraduate transcripts.


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