Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the preferred professional degree for anyone whose ambition is a career in public or nonprofit management. The MPA program will equip you with the professional knowledge, values, and skill set required for a variety of innovative leadership and analytical positions within local, state, and federal agencies; private, nonprofit agencies and voluntary organizations; public affairs offices in private businesses; and legislative staff positions.

Public Administration (Master of Public Administration)

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Western International University (West) furnishes students with the knowledge and skills needed to exercise responsible and ethical leadership in public service settings. West’s program marries theory and application, affording the student with relevant knowledge, practical skills, best practices, and the professional values employed by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs that resolve important societal problems. Graduates of the West MPA program are equipped to work in all levels of government (federal, state, local, and tribal), in nonprofits, in international organizations, consulting firms, research, advocacy groups, and in the private sector.

Degree Summary


58 weeks (approx. 1.2 years) Starting a new course each month, with no transfer credit


Master Degree Total Credits: 39


Total: $13,650 Books and Supplies: $0

Program Learning Outcomes

1 Demonstrate professional behaviors and skills that apply a public service perspective to communication, leadership, and decision-making.
2 Develop effective approaches to lead and manage diverse public and nonprofit organizations.
3 Evaluate the differences and/or similarities that distinguish organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
4 Evaluate solutions to address the uncertainty of financial resources in diverse public and non-profit organizations.
5 Analyze the social, political, economic, and cultural factors that influence US public budgeting and financial administration in diverse public and nonprofit organizations.
6 Analyze the process of public policy implementation in the changing context of public administration.
7 Evaluate the impact of legal requirements and ethics on public governance and the public policy process in diverse public and nonprofit organizations.
8 Utilize an effective procurement system based on ethical and legal parameters to manage performance and resources.

Courses of Study and Requirements

Credits Required for Degree Completion 126 CREDITS


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