Online Master’s Degrees in Public Administration

An online master’s degree in public administration may provide students with the skills needed to develop and manage budgets, staff, and public policy. In this one to two-year program, students may learn how to determine the needs of communities and organizations and develop programs to satisfy those needs. Program coursework may include major-specific coursework including strategic planning, public sector management, and personnel management.

Upon completion of the program, students may either seek employment or advance their career by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. Master’s level graduates may gain employment in public services, government programs, non-profit organizations, social service programs, or public relations.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 27% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level degree programs in public administration may include core classes along with chosen electives and a capstone course. These classes may teach students how to allocate funds and resources, utilize current technology in public sector agencies, and evaluate public programs for effectiveness. Core online public administration coursework may include the following:

  • Personnel Management
  • Methods in Public Administration
  • Strategic Planning
  • Public Sector Management
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Program Evaluation
  • Personal Accountability in Public Service

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may seek employment in human resources, finance, social services, community programs, and political organizations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social and community services management employment is projected to increase by 27% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Senior Grant Administrator
  • Public Service Administrator
  • Political Affairs Officer
  • Human Resources Director
  • Community Services Manager

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s degree may have the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree program. A doctoral degree in public administration may provide students with enhanced public leadership skills and perform research to create and implement new community programs.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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