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Why ODU for Public Administration?

If you already work in the public sector, ODU's online MPA will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to advance your career. If you're new to the public sector, you can build a foundation for future success with this master of public administration degree online.

This program will enhance your knowledge and competencies in five context areas:

  • Public management processes, including public budgeting and personnel systems;
  • Organizational design processes and behavior;
  • Political, legal, and ethical concepts and issues of public administration;
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques; and
  • Policy analysis and program evaluation.

ODU's Public Administration program is NASPAA accredited by the Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation.

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Bachelor's to MPA

Are you a current ODU undergraduate interested in earning an MPA?

Get a head start! You could earn graduate credits while you complete your bachelor’s degree with our Early Start program.

Early Start MPA

Ranked #8

Best Online Master's in Public Administration, 2020 - Intelligent.com

Ranked #15

Most Affordable Online Colleges for MPA Degrees, 2019 - OnlineU.org

Required Courses

  • 39 credit hours

You will complete a core curriculum of eight courses, and choose five electives. Talk with an advisor to determine if you have credits that will transfer.

We also offer a certificate program in Public Procurement and Contract Management as a five course elective series.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Public Administration

Many of our graduates have continued on to study in Ph.D. programs, and have held positions such as:

  • City Managers
  • Program Planners
  • Policy Analysts
  • Managers (federal, state, local & non-profit agencies)
  • Consultants

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$547 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

Admission to the program is competitive and is granted only to those who show ability for success in graduate study.

Working, experienced students may be granted a waiver from the GRE examination; this may be done during the application process.

Please visit the department's website for more information.

Want to get started now?

You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.