36 months
1007 USD/credit 12084 USD/year
1007 USD/credit 12084 USD/year
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Enhance your ability to manage more effectively and to promote positive change in your organization. This NASPAA–accredited online MPA Public Administration degree program at Pennsylvania State University, offered by Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs, focuses on real-world skills that you can apply to your career immediately.


There is an increasing need for leaders in the public sector as more federal employees prepare for retirement. This transition is energizing the already strong demand for trained public administration professionals in the nonprofit and nongovernmental sectors.

A master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) is the accepted professional credential for public service professionals who are looking for marketability and opportunities for advancement. By earning this degree, you can gain the competencies required to become an effective leader who is in high demand and who has the flexibility to move between careers in multiple sectors.

The MPA program at Pennsylvania State University is designed to help you enhance your ability to understand, analyze, and control your organizational environment to manage more effectively and to promote positive change in the public and nonprofit sectors.


Typical jobs for the MPA graduate include:

  • accountant/auditor 
  • attorney  
  • bank officer  
  • benefits administrator 
  • college administrator 
  • consultant  
  • criminal justice administrator
  • financial aid officer 
  • health care administrator
  • hospital administrator
  • office manager 
  • political campaign worker
  • public health administrator

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Organization and Management
  • Governmental Fiscal Decision Making
  • Research Design
  • Data Analysis for Policy and Administration
  • Human Resources in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Organizational Behavior

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA and Test Scores — Postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required. 
  • GRE or GMAT scores may be required if GPA is less than 3.0.
  • English Proficiency
  • References (3)
  • Résumé — Upload your résumé (one-to two-pages) to the online application. 
  • Personal Statement — One to two pages of career and educational goals.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12084 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    12084 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 36 months.


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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