The mission of the nationally-ranked Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the AU School of Public Affairs is to prepare students to lead with distinction in organizations that serve the public good, both in the U.S. and abroad. Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), our program delves into the principal components of leadership in public and nonprofit organizations, the public policy and organizational environment, and the analysis of issues critical to public administration today.
TAILORED TO YOUR GOALS
AU’s MPA program offers a flexible learning environment that allows you to align your degree with your interests. There are eight concentrations, some of which offer optional focus fields that allow for even further specialization. Concentrations are an ideal way to build upon areas of expertise and showcase that expertise on your resume, online portfolios, LinkedIn, and other social media profiles.
ACCESS POWERFUL NETWORKS
You’ll learn from world-renowned scholars whose expertise spans public administration, management, and policy. Our students master contemporary administrative, management, and leadership best practices; hone their analytical, decision-making, and communication skills; and learn to navigate organizational, human resource, and budgetary challenges and manage complex programs. What’s more, AU’s prime location in the nation’s capital offers our students unprecedented access to internship opportunities and exposure to leading policy makers through special events and seminars. These direct connections to the nation’s change-makers, along with our extensive alumni network, will quickly open doors for you.
GET READY TO LEAD
Ranked 6th in Public Management and Administration by U.S. News and World Report, the MPA program positions you for leadership responsibilities and executive roles in public agencies, national and international nonprofit organizations, and private firms. If you want a degree that will equip you to drive change and craft solutions to today’s most pressing challenges in public administration, AU’s MPA is the one for you.