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Public Administration - Nonprofit Management, MPA

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
, MD,
Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success. You will find many opportunities to apply your MPA education right here in Washington, D.C.


We’ve all had some exposure to how government works. But maybe you think it could be better. Maybe you see an opportunity for improved customer service, more efficient operations, more accessible officials or more easily understood processes. If you have the will and commitment to effect change, we can give you the tools and insights to implement it.The master of public administration degree program at the University of the District of Columbia prepares you for a management career in both government and nonprofit organizations. Whether you’re early career or mid-career, this program gives you the education and perspectives necessary to advance and make a difference in the public sector.

Programme Structure

The MPA is earned after the completion of a program consisting of 39 semester credits. Twenty one credits are devoted to the core, which must be taken by all students. Twelve credits are taken in the selected area of emphasis and six credits are required for one capstone project or thesis or 2 electives. The course of study can be completed by full-time students in four regular semesters.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Submit a transcript indicating a grade of “C” or better in one college-level English course at an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1369 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1369 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    982 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 982 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    918 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 918 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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