24 months
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
444 USD/credit 9990 USD/year
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The Executive MPA Program at Portland State University  is designed for busy, ambitious, and forward-looking public and nonprofit professionals who have at least ten years of significant work experience. 

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The Executive MPA program prepares individuals for advanced leadership, with an assumption that they have already "earned their wings" as successful managers of people, programs, and organizational units. Our students have a clear commitment to public service and strong personal motivation to deepen their knowledge, sharpen their skills, and assume advanced leadership roles in public service. 

The EMPA Mission

The EMPA Program at Portland State University   increases the efficacy of public officials for ethical, competent, and effective public service leadership in federal, state, local, special district, tribal, and nonprofit organizations. The program integrates theory and practice through a process of co-production, engaging community groups and citizens, public service executives, academic colleagues, and practitioners with the Center for Public Service. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leading Public Organizations
  • Leadership Development in the Public Sector
  • Public Policy: Origins & Processes
  • National Policy Process - Washington, D.C.
  • Public Human Resource Management
  • Administrative Theory & Behavior 
  • Organizational Development
  • Administrative Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 10 Years of Significant Work Experience 
  • Current Resume 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation 
  • Statement of Intent 
  • Official Transcripts from All Prior Institutions Attended*
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75+** and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0+***
  • (based on at least 9 credit hours of Graduate course work)
  • Note: No GRE Scores Required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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