Master of Public
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230K+ Alumni Worldwide
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is for those looking to pursue a leadership career in government management at the federal, state, or local level and nonprofit management. The instruction, case studies, research, and presentations allow you to develop and strengthen skills in financial management, budgeting, quantitative methods, urban planning and redevelopment, personnel policies, politics, and grant writing.
The Organizational Leadership specialization prepares professionals to become proactive, problem-solving, change-oriented leaders in dynamic organizations. The instruction, experiential exercises, and capstone thesis are for those desiring to understand and apply the technical and reflective processes that accompany leadership opportunities in the modern workplace — whether business or nonprofit, domestic or international.
A conferred bachelor’s degree or a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.
In addition to the academic outcomes for all Master of Public Administration graduates, students completing the Organizational Leadership specialization will learn to:
- Distinguish between multiple approaches to leadership and innovation while confronting complex organizational issues
- Interpret group dynamics and engage in systems thinking to develop organizations capable of innovation, adaptation, and orchestrating conflict
- Evaluate ethical issues and aid organizational members in creating an ethical culture that supports operating in diverse, uncertain, and unpredictable environments
- Distinguish between authority, power, and leadership functions, and employ frameworks that serve organizational goals
Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.
Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.
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National University degrees do not guarantee employment or salary of any kind. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review desired job positions to review degrees, education, and/or training required to apply for desired positions. Prospective students should monitor these positions as requirements, salary, and other relevant factors can change over time.