Public Administration, Master | The University of Alabama at Birmingham | Birmingham, United States
12 months
1187 USD/credit 49854 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 46578 USD/year
468 USD/credit 19656 USD/year
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If you're interested in the public sector, this Public Administration (MPA) program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham is definitely a degree for you to consider. We have numerous graduates who've gone on to serve in government—one was a major party candidate in Alabama's 2018 governor race. Complete the program, and you could be next.



As you begin your education, it's best to have an idea of your career goals. Our 39-hour curriculum includes a choice between two concentrations: nonprofit management and public management and planning. With nonprofit management, we'll teach you about fundraising and development, grant management, and program evaluation. 

If you choose public management and planning, you'll learn about preparing and managing budgets, economic development, and community development at the federal, state, and local level. No matter which concentration you pick, however, you'll need to choose between a thesis or a non-thesis track. Best of all, we've designed the entire program to fit your professional schedule. Many classes are offered in the evening, while others are a mix of online and face-to-face instruction.


  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham Public Administration program is ranked No. 68 in the nation among public affairs programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Graduate School Rankings.
  • This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Programme Structure


  • Administrative Ethics
  • The Public Policymaking Process
  • Scope of Public Administration
  • Public & Nonprofit Budgeting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Management for Government
  • Foundations of PA Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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International applicants should apply at least six months in advance of deadlines to ensure processing of all Visa paperwork.


42 SCH


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Tuition Fee

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  • International

    49854 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    46578 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    19656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

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


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