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Master of Public Administration Online

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Complete Coursework: as few as 14 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $14,976

Student-centered and practitioner-focused, the Barry University Master of Public Administration online program instills in learners a commitment to ethical public service, as well as the organizational administrative and analysis skills needed to generate solutions to human, social, economic, and environmental problems.

Highly affordable and accessible for working professionals, the online program is focused on the administration of public, non-profit, and other organizations serving a public purpose and is well matched for those already employed in administrative positions as well as those looking to transition from active field roles or the military. Learners will have the opportunity to participate in coursework oriented to their current organization or future professional goals, including a Capstone Applied Project designed to make the connection between academic and professional work.

As the most recognized terminal professional degree for practitioners in public service, the MPA program content is grounded in an assessment of how the modern public-sector workplace has evolved and how to respond to and positively influence this evolution. Students will learn the principles of financial management, human resource administration and administrative law.

NASPAA Accredited | The Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation

The Barry University online MPA program meets the standards and guidelines provided by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration or NASPAA – The Global Standard in Public Service Education.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • Apply graduate research methods and techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of public programs and the outcomes of policy alternatives
  • Synthesize the concepts associated with ethical behavior and social responsibility in order to effect social change and promote social justice
  • Evaluate leadership qualities and analyze the rule of law in administrative procedures, as well as execute effective administrative decision-making
  • Examine the process involved in planning for change and the various means of production in the public sector, leading to ways to maximize efficiency and effectiveness

Barry's highly respected online faculty features Quality Matters-certified professors with extensive experience who are subject matter experts in the public sector. Students may be able to transfer up to 6 graduate credits into the program.*

*Previously earned credits, if accepted for transfer, must be completed in less than the (5) year period immediately preceding initial enrollment at Barry. Only relevant courses for which a grade of B or higher was earned will be considered. Only credits will be transferred, not grades or grade point averages and credits that were used to earn a degree at another institution will not be accepted.

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Public Administration online, you must complete 12 courses (36 credits), including 10 core courses (30 credits) and two electives (6 credits). There are no leveling or foundation courses. However, based on prior academic and/or professional experience, you may be required to complete a self-paced online workshop prior to starting a for-credit course in order to refresh certain knowledge or skills. All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of our MPA online courses, view courses.

Admissions

To apply for the Master of Public Administration online, you must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. You also must submit a resume with two references. Student may be able to transfer up to 6 graduate credits into the program.*

To learn more about our MPA online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Public Administration online is $14,976, including all fees except for a $30 application fee. Tuition is the same whether you live inside or outside Florida and can be paid by the course.

To learn more about our MPA online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With six start dates each year, the Master of Public Administration online program is convenient and accessible. After selecting your desired start date, you should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation, registering for classes, and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Public Administration online, view calendar.

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Courses

For the Master of Public Administration online, the curriculum is comprised of 12 courses (36 credits), including 10 core courses and two electives. The core curriculum includes a capstone applied project.

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You must complete the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course will focus on the classic writings that have framed the foundation of public administration over the past 120 years. The subject matter will be taught with application to current public administration practice as its principle objective.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore research that relates to administrative and technical processes using various research techniques. Students undertake an in-depth review and critical investigation using qualitative and quantitative analysis. Students will be exposed to various tools and techniques appropriate to applied research and will develop a research design based on an instructor-approved topic. The research design may be used as a foundation for the capstone project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to create an awareness and sensitivity to the values and ethical issues inherent in public administration decisions. The importance of ethics in maintaining public trust in the context of representative democracies will be emphasized. Classic moral philosophies will be studied as the basis for the values and ethical practices in government today. In addition, the legal requirements for complying with legislated ethical standards will be studied.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Policy Analysis and Evaluation is a seminar designed to examine the theory and practice of public policy analysis as it is conducted in complex political environments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents the principles of financial management in the public sector. Topics include public sector operating and capital budgets, expenditures and revenues, and financial reporting and analysis at the federal, state, and local level as well as the role of financial administration in promoting the common good.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents the principles of public personnel management and human resource administration and examines the balance between organizational and individual needs. Topics include the functional and technical aspects of human resources, strategic and operational concerns; the history of the civil service; constitutional/legal issues; employee benefits; recruiting/hiring/developing/retaining high quality employees; and labor union/management relations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Leadership is essential in any organization for it to be effective. This course will review the very special characteristics of leadership in public purpose organizations. Issues such as the impact of the political process on leadership, navigating media storms, leading and empowering employees, and maintaining a focus on public purpose will be addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The role of public administrative law and procedure will be taught as it applies to both public and private decision-making. The effects of public administrative law and rule making will be presented along with the oversight provided by legislatures and public policy processes inherent in making and sustaining public policy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The classic management function of planning will be reviewed in its state and local government contexts. Emphasis will be placed on planning for change management applications to social equity and on strategic planning in public decision making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The Applied Project is a supervised capstone for the master's program. It is an independent, web-supported study with a graduate faculty mentor/instructor and a professional in the field to guide relevance to current public administration practice. The project is designed to build from knowledge gained during the program and to make connections between academic and professional work.

You must complete the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the student with an understanding of the role of nonprofit organizations in the scope of public-private purposes. It examines the role of boards and staff, vision and mission, funding and accountability, excellence in operations, and sustainability.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines techniques for measuring and improving productivity in public organizations. Current and historical public management theories will be taught and analyzed.

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Admissions

It's time to get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Public Administration online program.

MPA Online Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  • Professional resume with two references
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be mailed directly from the institution(s) to Barry at this address:

    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Barry University
    11300 NE 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33161

Have a question? Call us at 844-890-5951.

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Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Public Administration online is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees except for the admission fee are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-credit course Per Program
Master of Public Administration $416 $1,248 $14,976
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Calendar

With six start dates each year, the Master of Public Administration online program is convenient and accessible.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Summer A Term May 14, 2018 April 30, 2018 May 7, 2018 May 9, 2018 May 11, 2018 June 30, 2018
Summer B Term July 2, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 25, 2018 June 27, 2018 June 29, 2018 August 18, 2018
Fall A Term August 27, 2018 August 13, 2018 August 20, 2018 August 22, 2018 August 24, 2018 October 13, 2018
Fall B Term October 22, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 15, 2018 October 17, 2018 October 19, 2018 December 8, 2018
Winter Term January 7, 2019 December 24, 2018 December 31, 2018 January 2, 2019 January 4, 2019 February 22, 2019
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