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Learn to Lead with Your Master of Public Administration

Ohio University's on-campus, hybrid (executive) and online Master of Public Administration programs provide learning experiences that will prepare you to confidently advance to leadership in government, nonprofit, public sector and emergency and crisis management roles.

Benefit from the only public service school in the U.S. that partners with a college of business on a Center for Entrepreneurship. Whether you opt for a campus-based program, a completely online program or one that uniquely combines online and in-person classes, you will graduate ready to make a meaningful, positive impact in your community.

Choose the Right Master of Public Administration Program for You

  • One-Year Master of Public Administration

    The campus-based Master of Public Administration program combines theory and in-person development for those who seek career experience. Gain hands-on skills through an applied learning practicum, approved internships and consulting experiences.

  • Online Master of Public Administration

    The online Master of Public Administration program offers a comprehensive curriculum and four concentrations*, providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in diverse public administration roles.

  • Executive Master of Public Administration

    Designed for professionals with a bachelor's degree and at least three years of working experience, the hybrid Executive Master of Public Administration provides disciplinary knowledge of public policy and administration, public service and leadership, and data management and applications.

Compare Program Matrix

Choose the level of face-to-face interaction you want in your program. The online MPA includes 100% online courses, while our hybrid Executive MPA students have online coursework and attend class one Saturday per month on the state-of-the-art Dublin campus. The campus-based MPA offers an in-person experience through classroom learning, a practicum, approved internships and consulting.

No matter which program you choose, you will benefit from live engagement opportunities and real-world coursework to prepare you for future success.

The following chart compares the MPA programs to help you decide which program can best help you achieve your goals.

  Online MPA Executive MPA One-Year MPA
Program Duration Two years Two years One year
Prior Work Experience No Prior Work Experience Required Three Years Work Experience** No Prior Work Experience Required
Start Date 3 Starts per Year 3 Starts per Year 1 Start per Year (Summer Session)
Delivery Format Online Hybrid On-Campus
Part-Time or Full-Time Part-Time Part-Time Full-Time
Focus Areas 4 Concentrations* Build Your Own with Electives N/A
In-State Tuition $28,944 for Ohio Residents $21,168 for Ohio residents $16,377 for Ohio residents
Learning Style Recommended for those who prioritize flexibility in learning experiences. Recommended for those who need flexibility but also value face-to-face connections. Recommended for those seeking a campus experience and in-person development.


*The Crisis and Emergency Management Concentration is pending to be available in Fall 2024, please contact an enrollment counselor to discuss your interest.

**Case-by-case exceptions may be made.

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    Begin your path to a Master of Public Administration degree today.

Become a Public Leader in Your Community

Earning one of Ohio University's on-campus or online Master of Public Administration degrees will help you develop the skills required to address public needs across a wide range of organizations in your community. With available courses and concentrations, depending on the program you choose, you can graduate eligible for advanced roles in public management, emergency and crisis management, state and local government and nonprofit leadership.

You can also position yourself to seize ample and growing opportunities. With average salaries of $70,000 for degree holders, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and steady growth rates of at least 6% per year through 20311, you can graduate ready to seize opportunities that can challenge and reward you throughout your career.

Earn an Accredited, Nationally Recognized MPA Degree

Choosing Ohio University for your Master of Public Administration education is a decision to invest in nationally ranked programs that can make you a preferred candidate in your field after graduation.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the on-campus, online and Executive Master of Public Administration programs also belong to the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, named one of U.S. News and World Report's top public affairs graduate schools. In addition, the online Master of Public Administration degree has been named a top program for nonprofit management by Best College Reviews and one of Guide to Online School's best online Master's in Public Administration degrees.


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