Master of Public Administration

Prepare to manage successfully within one of the nation’s fastest-growing economic sectors.

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Learn to Lead for the Greater Good

Increase your capacity to make a meaningful difference in your community. Earn your Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) fully online or through a blend of online and on-campus courses from National Louis University. Complete and submit the form to request more information.

Program Highlights

  • Finish in as few as 19 months
  • Complete the program fully online or through a blend of online and on-campus courses
  • Learn from working public administration professionals with years of professional experience
  • Customize your degree with concentrations in:
    • Community Psychology
    • Health Services Administration
    • Human Resource Management
    • Nonprofit Leadership
    • Organizational Development
    • Public Policy
    • Public Safety and Justice Leadership
    • Teaching of Public Policy and Administration

In 2017, 50% of nonprofits reported they anticipate increasing staff size—the third straight year a majority of nonprofits reported plans to grow.

Source: 2017 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey

Online degree

Getting Your NLU Online Degree

As an online NLU student, you’ll progress through your program in an engaging, dynamic, centralized location where you can connect with peers and professors, complete assignments and quizzes, and find whatever else you need to succeed.

From Chicago to the World

You also have the option to complete your degree through a blend of online and on-campus courses at one of our five Chicagoland campuses: Downtown Chicago, Elgin, Lisle, Skokie, or Wheeling.

Moving Upward

NLU firmly believes in the equalizing and uplifting effect of adult higher education on families and communities.

Making a Difference

At NLU, we are proud of the 65,000 living alumni who are using their education to serve others and change lives.

Return on Investment

With mid-career graduate earnings averaging $71,300 a year, NLU was named a top “value-added” university by Brookings Institution.**