Master of Art Programs in Public Administration

Compare 6 MA Programs in Public Administration

Public Administration

If you’re passionate about public policy and politics and are looking for a rewarding career that allows you to give back to the community, consider a Master of Arts (MA) in Public Administration. The degree gives students a significant career advantage in the public service field.

What is an MA in Public Administration, you ask? The program is designed to prepare students for managerial service in governmental offices and nongovernmental organizations. Specifically, students learn how to implement and manage public policies for the effective use of resources in service delivery. Students also learn how to develop and drive solutions regarding organizational and personnel administration, public financing and leadership, as well as other intricate managerial processes in public institutions. Finally, most programs also address the requirements of handling and holding public office.

The benefits of an MA in Public Administration include effective preparedness to become a civil servant at the local or federal level or to implement policy work for nonprofit entities. Many students find the training they receive with this type of degree to be very intellectually rewarding, which translates to better job satisfaction.

The costs of an MA in Public Administration vary by school and by location. It’s important to contact the institution directly for exact course and registration fees.

Students who earn an MA in Public Administration most often go on to work as civil servants in a variety of governmental positions. Graduates of this type of program are also often able to bypass entry-level positions in favor of more mid-level governmental positions. Nonprofits also represent a significant portion of the job market for individuals who have completed the program. Additionally, many politicians begin their careers as civil servants after earning this advanced-level degree.

There are many opportunities to earn an MA in Public Administration throughout the United States and the world. Numerous opportunities also exist to take online courses that apply toward the degree, which is a desirable option for working professionals. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MA in Justice Administration and Public Service

College of Saint Elizabeth
Campus Full time 12 - 15 months September 2019 USA Morristown

A graduate of the Master of Arts in Justice Administration and Public Service program will be prepared to assume managerial and executive positions within various sectors of justice administration and law enforcement including police departments, courts, corrections, probation, parole, homeland security and military systems. [+]

In order to meet the needs of the 21st Century, the College of Saint Elizabeth has developed a program that focuses on the development of exceptional professionals and ethical leaders in the areas of justice administration, community safety, law enforcement, social justice, and public service.

The College believes that individuals who serve the public must be fully grounded in all aspects of the justice milieu and responsible decision-making consistent with democratic societies. A graduate of the Master of Arts in Justice Administration and Public Service program will be prepared to assume managerial and executive positions within various sectors of justice administration and law enforcement including police departments, courts, corrections, probation, parole, homeland security and military systems.... [-]


Master in European Public Administration

University Of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Germany Ludwigsburg

The interdisciplinary Master programme European Public Administration is run in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Kehl and provides students with a thorough understanding of the administrative, legal and social structures in Europe. Graduates from this two-year programme receive a Master of Arts degree in European Public Administration that is highly recognised throughout Europe. [+]

The interdisciplinary Master programme European Public Administration is run in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Kehl and provides students with a thorough understanding of the administrative, legal and social structures in Europe. Graduates from this two-year programme receive a Master of Arts degree in European Public Administration that is highly recognised throughout Europe.

Graduates have excellent career opportunities in EU institutions, international organisations, the European affairs departments of ministries, local governments, trade organisations and large private enterprises.

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Masters of Arts in Public Administration

Mahatma Gandhi University Rwanda
Campus Full time 2 - 4 years February 2019 Rwanda Kigali

The aim of offering Masters Degree in Public Administration to graduates is to provide knowledge to the learners on the nature and relationship of the State, Society, and Administration. It will develop the conceptual faculties of the learner on various administrative theories, postulates, models, process, methods, instruments, techniques, thoughts, etc. Successful completion of this course prepares the student for doctoral degree programs as well. [+]

Programme Overview PROGRAM CODE: 717 DURATION: Min. Duration 2 Years, Max. Duration 4 Years ELIGIBILITY: Graduation in any stream or equivalent Objective

The aim of offering Masters Degree in Public Administration to graduates is to provide knowledge to the learners on the nature and relationship of the State, Society and Administration. It will develop the conceptual faculties of the learner on various administrative theories, postulates, models, process, methods, instruments, techniques, thoughts, etc. Successful completion of this course prepares the student for doctoral degree programs as well.

Programme Content

Year 1

Cours Code Subjects Credits MAPA11 Public Administration 6 MAPA12 Financial Administration in India 6 MAPA13 Human Resource Development 6 MAPA14 Research Method 7 MAPA15 Administrative Theory and Thoughts 7 - Total Credits 32 ... [-]

MA in Public Policy and Administration

Adler School of Professional Psychology
Campus Full time September 2019 USA Chicago Canada Vancouver + 1 more

The Adler School is poised to offer this program beginning fall 2013, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. [+]

MA in Public Policy and Administration

The Adler School is poised to offer this program beginning fall 2013, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration offers students an opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to engage in advocacy, understand government and public policy, and manage non-profit, private and governmental organizations. A focus on excellent communication skills will enable students to successfully lead organizations, advance an advocacy agenda, and problem-solve in complex situations.

This program is designed to provide students competencies in the following areas:... [-]


MA in International Public and Business Administration

Moscow State Institute Of International Relations, MGIMO
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Russia Moscow Italy Macerata + 2 more

The two-year long Master's in International public and business administration Double Degree Programme MGIMO University and Macerata University (Italy) is designed to meet the needs of rising leaders in the public and private sector professions. [+]

Programme Profile

The two-year long Master's in International public and business administration Double Degree Programme MGIMO University and Macerata University (Italy) is designed to meet the needs of rising leaders in the public and private sector professions.

The programme provides on-campus training in political science, international trade and economics, as well as management, public administration and government relations. Approximately 20 students will be enrolled in the programme.

During the study, 1st year is spent at Macerata University, Italy. 3 months out of 9 are provided for an internship at one of Marche region’s leading corporations.

The 2nd year of study is organized at MGIMO-University, where the students are taught the core courses of public and municipal administration for a semester and then have an internship at Russia’s leading public and private sector agencies.... [-]


Master of Arts in Public Administration

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Online
Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

This program combines government and nonprofit perspectives for a comprehensive outlook and broad-based training in public administration. Affordable and convenient, it prepares students to act as authentic and ethical leaders in a challenging public service landscape. [+]

Discover an affordable online program that will transform you into an authentic and effective leader in the public or nonprofit sphere. The online M.A. in Public Administration develops three crucial competencies for public service leaders: managerial analysis, leadership, and ethical service.

No prior experience in public administration is required for admission, making this the perfect option for those seeking to join the field as well as those who want to advance in it.

Coursework combines nonprofit and government perspectives, while students will choose a focus on one or the other for two classes in HR and financial management. You will learn vital skills in public administration leadership, including how to plan strategically amid changing circumstances, build alliances, analyze policies and laws, and communicate effectively and responsively.... [-]