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Online Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

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Online Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Increase your impact on social issues

A Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree from National Louis University empowers you to confidently address financial, legal, motivational, and organizational challenges so you can reinforce the importance of public policy in society.

Earn your M.P.A. either fully online or through a blend of online and campus-based courses in the Chicagoland area. This includes courses in a concentration of your choice: community psychology, health services administration, human resource management, nonprofit management, organizational development, public policy, public safety and justice leadership, or teaching of public policy and administration.

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This difference-making degree will help you:

  • Analyze policy data to make smarter strategic decisions
  • Implement policy legally and ethically
  • Increase cost-effectiveness of initiatives through financial and budgeting skills
  • Attract and retain a talented staff
  • Improve your persuasive communication in written and verbal methods

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NLU offers 7 convenient start dates each year and it’s free to apply.

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Why choose NLU for your Online M.P.A. degree?

Finish in 19 months

You’ll take two gateway courses, six core courses, three courses in your concentration, and one capstone course for a total of 36 credits. Transfer up to nine credit hours from prior learning to finish even faster.

Customize your career path

With a wide variety of concentrations, you’re sure to find one that aligns with your specific career goals. Plus, potential employers will more easily identify your area of expertise.

Benefit from instructors’ experiences

The majority of our faculty members have practical public policy experience. They are well-equipped to evaluate your ideas and provide you a realistic roadmap to bringing them to life.

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Get to know NLU:

At NLU, making the world a better place isn’t a cliché, it’s a reality. Recently, MONEY magazine listed NLU as a Top 10 university whose graduates make the world a better place.

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A master’s in public administration can improve your career outlook

Potential public administration career settings

  • Education
  • Environment / natural resources
  • Health
  • Human / social services
  • Infrastructure and transportation
  • Law enforcement
  • Local, state, or federal government

Average mid-career salary

Public policy occupations
$118,000
College Factual, 2018

Before NLU, I was working more on instinct. NLU helped me be more evidence-based in my work and helped me know how to work with the community in a more effective way.

Jackie Samuel
NLU Graduate and New Communities Program Director for Claretian Associates


Courses include:


Control your schedule

Control your schedule

Get the flexibility you need as a working professional. View your online classes at any time during the week — you set the pace. NLU offers seven start dates per year so you can begin coursework (and graduate) faster.

Expand your professional network

Expand your professional network

Learning online does not mean learning alone. NLU helps you build a professional network with instructors and fellow online students through active discussion forums as well as project-based work (both group and individual).

Take engaging coursework

Take engaging coursework

You may be online, but you’re still part of the class. NLU’s online learning portal allows you to take a course live, or watch a recording whenever you’re ready. Coursework is delivered in multiple formats including written papers, video and slideshows with audio.


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Your success coach gives you one-on-one support

Every online student at NLU is paired with a dedicated success coach who helps in areas ranging from class projects to time management. As your biggest fan at NLU, your success coach can connect you with the resources and people you need to be successful.

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