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Masters in Public Administration

Develop your leadership expertise with a strong foundation in public service values.

What is a Masters in Public Administration?

Launched in 1982, the Master in Public Administration was the first graduate degree offered at Park University. Our values-grounded, liberal arts-based professional master’s program is designed to develop your leadership skills. You’ll build your knowledge base, decision-making capabilities, critical thinking and governing expertise across government, business, industry and nonprofit sectors.




Areas of Concentration and Requirements








  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or the equivalent from an international institution, with at least a 2.75 grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale). Official transcripts must be provided.
  • A résumé which outlines the applicant’s academic and employment history, including names of organizations, position titles, a description of key duties and responsibilities, and periods of employment.
  • A statement of in-service or pre-service status to determine need for an internship. (Form will be provided by the MPA advisors.)
  • Additional information may be requested if needed.

Note: Alumni of Park University do not need to submit official transcripts and will have their application fee waived. 

Master in Public Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Kirby R. Brown

Dean, College of Management

Dr. Greg Moore

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, College of Management
Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr. James Vanderleeuw

MPA Director
Professor of Public Administration

Laurie DiPadova-Stocks

Dr. Laurie N. DiPadova-Stocks

Professor of Public Administration

Dr. Susan Keim

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Our Master in Public Administration is a cross-sector degree with broad applications in a rapidly changing global community. This program graduates leaders who make a difference in their communities and in the world.

Masters in public administration Careers

  • City Manager
  • Police Commissioner
  • Urban Planner
  • Elected Official
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masters in public administration Program Highlights

Leadership in a global world

Park University is home to one of the premier public affairs schools in the region, the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. We recognize public affairs as the field of study that builds upon the interrelationships among the activities of government (at all levels), all sectors of society, and other elements of social and economic systems, locally and throughout the world. Today’s leaders must view government and administration from this broad, cross-sector perspective.


As a master’s candidate in this program, you’ll select an area of concentration:

  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Global Governance
  • M.P.A.
  • Management Information Systems
  • Nonprofit and Community Services Management
  • Project Management
  • Public Management

Internships and capstone experience

If you have less than two years of professional experience in your field, you’ll complete an internship, which allows you to apply your academic learning to direct service. (Students who have been working in their area of concentration can petition for a waiver). MPA students also have the opportunity to take part in a 10-day service learning experience abroad, as well as pursue independent study.


Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.