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Online Master of Public Administration Degree
Become a Leader in Public Service

Online Master of Public Administration Degree

2
Years to Complete
$823
Cost Per Credit
36
Credit Hours
4
Concentrations*

Excel as a Leader in Your Community

As you work to take the next step in your career, Ohio University's online Master of Public Administration program will combine rigorous coursework with the flexibility of online learning to equip you with the skills to excel as a pioneering, influential and actionable leader. With four concentrations* to choose from, you will tailor this 36-credit program to help you pursue your passions, whether you seek leadership roles in nonprofits, state and local governments, the public sector or emergency and crisis management.

Program Benefits

  • 100% online
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • 4 concentrations available*
  • Scholarships available**

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Excel in Your Public Administration Career

Earning the online Master of Public Administration can help you develop the expertise required to address public needs. After graduation, you can advance in several leadership and management roles. Overall employment in management occupations is projected to grow eight percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.1

Jobs for Online MPA Graduates

  • Urban and Regional Planner

    $78,500 per year

    per year2

  • Emergency Management Director

    $76,730 per year

    per year3

  • Nonprofit Manager

    $74,000 per year

    per year4

  • Budget Analyst

    $79,940 per year

    per year5

Online MPA Curriculum

12 Total Courses | 36 Total Credits

When you join Ohio University's online Master of Public Administration program, you will develop mastery of the concepts and capabilities required to lead nonprofits, public sector teams, state and local government operations and crisis and emergency management. Throughout your experience, you will explore topics including public policy analysis, financial management in the public sector, strategic planning, ethical leadership and more. Choose one of four concentrations* — Crisis and Emergency Management, Public Leadership and Management, Non-Profit Management, and State and Local Government Management — and specialize in the area that aligns with your career goals.

You can complete the 36-credit program 100% online in as few as two years.

Course Highlights:

  • MPA 5140: Organizational Leadership
  • MPA 5860: Public Budgeting
  • MPA 6010: Research Methods in Leadership and Public Affairs
  • MPA 6800: Strategic Leadership and Public Value

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Online Master of Public Administration Admission Requirements

No GRE/GMAT required | Transfer Up to 9 Credits

With a dynamic curriculum led by expert faculty, the online Master of Public Administration program can help you elevate your career to new heights as you develop the master's-level skills required to meet your community's needs in government, nonprofit leadership, public sector and emergency management roles. You can begin this next step in your journey by starting your online application now.


Summer 2024:

  • Application Deadline: 04/15
  • Classes Begin: 05/13

To apply to OHIO's online degree, you will need:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (2–4 pages) discussing your career goals, how the master's degree will help you achieve those goals, areas or competencies that you expect the program will help you strengthen and what you plan to contribute to the learning community
  • Current resume detailing professional experience
  • $50 application fee

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Invest in Your Public Administration Career

$29,628 Total Tuition | $823 Per Credit Hour | Scholarships Available

Earning your online Master of Public Administration degree offers long-term value by providing specialized capabilities required to successfully advance your leadership career. By investing in the skills critical to leadership in the public sector and more, you can access higher-level positions, increase your earning potential and continue a fulfilling professional journey.

Cost per credit hour

$804 (Ohio resident)

$823 (non-resident)

Total credit hours 36
Total estimated cost, minus fees

$28,944(Ohio resident)

$29,628 (non-resident)

Additional fees

  • Program Fee: $292
  • Student Info Sys & Network Fee: $4
Other costs to budget for The estimated tuition cost does not include factors like textbooks or other expenses.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Financial Aid

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, student veteran, active military members, alumni, and corporate partners are automatically eligible to receive a 15% scholarship. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

Tuition Details

  • Online Learning at OHIO

    Ohio University has a long tradition of offering online programs specifically designed for the modality and created for working professionals. Our online students complete engaging, comprehensive coursework that combines the academic excellence and experience-based learning of a traditional program with all the flexibility and convenience of online study.

    With asynchronous courses and part-time scheduling (one course per seven weeks), you can earn your degree while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Virtual office hours give you the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty. Access your coursework 24/7 and complete your assignments on a schedule that fits your life.

What You'll Learn

As you progress through the online Master of Public Administration program, you will experience a curriculum that prepares you for real-world challenges by focusing on relevant topics, including data analysis, public-private partnerships and measuring outcomes. In addition, you will master skills and concepts pertaining to your passions by pursuing one of four concentrations*. When you graduate, you will have all the necessary skills to lead nonprofits, state and local government operations, public sector teams and emergency and crisis management.

Program Outcomes

  • Lead and manage in public governance
  • Participate in and contribute to the policy process
  • Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry

Learn From Leading Experts

Ohio University’s Online MPA program boasts a low student-to-teacher ratio, allowing you direct connection with collaborative and deeply experienced faculty mentors. As leading researchers and practitioners in the public administration field, our faculty is passionate about teaching and eager to share their knowledge with you.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jason Jolley,

Professor and MPA Director

G. Jason Jolley is a Professor of Rural Economic Development and MPA Director at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. At Ohio University, he also serves as a Research Fellow in the Center for Entrepreneurship and directs Ohio University’s portion of the US Economic Development Administration University Center (joint with Bowling Green State University).

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Jason Jolley

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Tara Fikes,

Instructor, Online MPA Program

Tara Fikes, DPA is a retired local government executive with substantial experience in housing, human rights, and community development. Dr. Fikes holds a Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA) from the University of Southern California. She teaches in both the online and executive/hybrid MPA programs.

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Tara Fikes

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Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

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How fast can I complete the online or hybrid MPA program?

You can complete the program in just two years. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Does the online or hybrid MPA program have a full-time option?

The online programs are designed for full-time professionals and are only offered part-time, with one to two classes every 15 weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Does the online or hybrid MPA program have a part-time option?

The online programs are designed for full-time professionals and are offered part-time, with one to two classes every 15 weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

What is the total tuition for the MPA program?

Executive MPA

Tuition for the online Executive MPA program is $21,168 for Ohio residents and $21,852 for non-residents. You need to complete 36 credits at $588 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $607 per credit hour for non-residents. You can review all tuition costs here.

Online MPA

Tuition for the online Executive MPA program is $28,944 for Ohio residents and $29,628 for non-residents. You need to complete 36 credits at $804 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $823 per credit hour for non-residents. You can review all tuition costs here.

Do the online or hybrid MPA programs require an entrance exam like the GMAT or GRE?

No, there are no entrance exams required. You can learn more about our admissions requirements here.

Sources and Disclaimer

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Management Occupations. Retrieved June 14, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/home.htm
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Urban and Regional Planners. Retrieved June 14, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/urban-and-regional-planners.htm
  3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Emergency Management Directors. Retrieved June 14, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/emergency-management-directors.htm
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social and Community Service Managers. Retrieved May 31, 2023 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Budget Analysts. Retrieved May 31, 2023 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/budget-analysts.htm

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

**Ohio University is proud of our active and veteran military members, alumni, and employees of corporate partners. New students who are a member of one of these groups and enrolling in one of the eligible online graduate programs for the 2023-2024 academic year are eligible for a 15% OHIO Online Incentive Scholarship.

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