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Earn Your Master of Public Administration (MPA) Online

The smooth and efficient operation of government relies on leaders who know how to creatively problem solve, break silos by networking between agencies and stakeholders, and communicate solutions through diverse channels. Prepare to be part of this next generation of public administrators by earning your Master of Public Administration (MPA) at American Public University (APU).

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

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Making Quality Higher Education Within Reach

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Tuition for master’s degrees and graduate certificates.

Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.


Some master's-level courses provide no-cost ebooks to minimize your expenses.

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Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

No Entrance Exams

Begin your studies quickly. APU’s MPA degree requires no GRE® or other entrance exam, and the program starts monthly, putting you in control.

Applicable Knowledge

Career-relevant coursework blends theory with practice to sharpen your knowledge and skill in writing, ethics, public policy, public management, and public finance. A variety of concentration options allow you to further focus your studies.

Collaborative Learning

Case studies, facilitated discussion, and other exercises allow you to build a shared experience toward developing a new generation of administrators ready to serve the public.

Core Values

APU’s online master’s degree in public administration stresses core values of service, ethics, knowledge, competence, and diversity.

Real-World Exposure

You’ll benefit from studying alongside classmates who bring their own wealth of knowledge to your online learning experience. Students include those currently engaged in public management or public service and those entering the field.

Practical Takeaways

To complete your program, you’ll undertake a creative project to address an issue of public importance that is directly or closely related to your own career or position. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to strategically tackle challenging issues facing public servants.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military spouses/dependents are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour.

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