Online MPA

A versatile and valuable degree

Sure, it sounds like a nice addition to your resume. But what exactly is a Master of Public Affairs?

The MPA is one of the most versatile and valuable degrees available—a combination of the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Public Policy. At SPEA, our students are prepared for public service jobs in our changing society in ways unmatched by other universities. Our MPA program builds leaders who will make a difference in our world. 

At a glance

1. Core Courses

 6 courses, 18 credit hours

2. Advanced Electives

Up to 10 courses (30 credit hours) minus any professional experience or internship credit. 

3. An experiential component

Completed through an internship or waived through prior professional experience.  

We recommend taking two courses a semester, but you may take more with permission from the faculty director. Summer courses are offered, too. Students in our program are able to juggle their careers, family obligations, and course work. Find the right balance for you.  

Learn how our programs fit your life

Course, elective, and experiential component details