Online Master of Arts in Public Administration

The online Master of Arts in Public Administration degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to excel in public service careers. Our online courses can be completed in one year, allowing students to quickly excel in careers in public leadership and administration.

Change-Focused MPA Degree Program

The online Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA) degree at TUW is specifically designed to help students enhance their ability to understand, analyze, and effectively manage the organizational environment in order to promote positive change in the public and nonprofit sectors. Graduates are well-suited to work at all types of nonprofit organizations, private organizations, military-afiliated organizations, and roles connected to local, state, and federal government. 

Currently, there is an increased need for leaders in the public sector as many federal employees become eligible for retirement. This trend demonstrates the demand for trained professionals in the public sector and for in the nonprofit space. The online Master of Arts in Public Administration is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to excel in careers in the large and growing areas of public leadership and administration, non profit management, and policy analysis. 

What makes TUW’s online MPA degree different?

  • 100% online
  • No GRE required
  • Affordable tuition and finish in one year*
  • TUW is a Nonprofit Accredited University
  • Begin on your schedule – 6 starts throughout the year
  • Online courses taught in accelerated 8-week sessions
  • Learn from scholar-practitioners with public sector expertise

*Degree can be earned in 12 months by those who take two courses per term for six consecutive terms.

MPA Curriculum

To complete the Master of Arts in Public Administration degree, students must complete 12 courses total, 11 standard courses, and one three-credit capstone, taken last. 

Our online MPA curriculum blends theoretical and applied concepts. Over the course of the public administration program, the online courses explore organizational governance, financial aspects of administration, numerous case studies and connections to real world experiences for the current and future administrator. 

In addition, the curriculum addresses areas of government administration, contemporary issues in public administration, organizational behavior public policy analysis, administration of government agencies, and human resources management in nonprofit agencies.

Review the complete Master of Arts in Public Administration curriculum.

Note: This master’s degree does not lead to any form of licensure or certification.

Affordable MPA Tuition

TUW’s tuition is $500 per semester credit. A range of tuition assistance programs are available to help reduce the out-of-pocket expenses associated with continued education, including scholarships and student loans. Review with your employer if any tuition assistance programs are available to you.

Touro University Worldwide tuition assistance counselors are available to determine your eligibility for financial aid and other tuition assistance programs.

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Program Requirements

Students must complete 12 courses, 11 standard courses and one three-credit capstone, taken last.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking to enroll in TUW’s online MPA program must meet one of the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; international bachelor’s degree students must see “international student admissions” in the catalog.
  2. Graduate transfer students must be in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.75).
  3. International students must have a paper-based TOEFL score of 500, or a computer-based score of 173, or an online score of 61. TUW TOEFL code is 3157.
  4. Cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Students, who meet one of the above criteria, will be required to complete the following steps in order to be admitted and enrolled:

  1. Submit an application.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Transcripts must come directly from the issuing institutions. Students who completed college coursework outside the U.S. must have their transcripts translated and evaluated (see Foreign Credit for additional information).

Touro University Worldwide is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Touro College Los Angeles (Lander Campus) is a division of Touro University Worldwide.

For more information on WSCUC, visit or write WSCUC at 1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500, Alameda, CA 94501.

Become a Public Leader Through TUW’s Online MPA Degree

The online Master of Arts in Public Administration degree is designed to provide the analytical skills needed to advance in public sector and nonprofit careers. Learn more about our online MPA degree centered on meeting the growing need for public administration professionals.