Online Public Administration

  • Master of Public Administration

Gannon's online MPA is fully accredited, can be completed in one year, and offers two specializations: administrative and organizational leadership.

  • Lead in the Public Sector and Change Your Community

    Gannon University's online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a flexible program that prepares you for managerial and leadership positions within the public sector, as well as in non-profits. The curriculum's interdisciplinary approach places a strong emphasis on the core business skills that are synonymous with exceptional leadership. This unique approach competitively positions you in the job market and can distinguish you from other colleagues with a similar credential. Plus, with no application fee and GMAT waiver available to students who qualify, enrolling in the program is fast and stress-free.

    Gannon's online MPA is fully accredited, can be completed in one year, and offers two specializations.

    Courses in the program help you develop problem-solving skills that can then be used to make informed, socially responsible decisions. The online Master of Public Administration can be completed in as little as one year and is fully accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools - a testament to both the quality and rigor of this online MPA program.

    Online MPA Specializations

    Gannon University's online MPA degree gives you the opportunity to expand your public administration expertise in two distinct areas - administration, and organizational leadership. This can position you as a subject matter expert in your chosen discipline, a trait that is highly marketable to potential employers.

    Choose from two areas of specialization

    • Administrative
    • Organizational Leadership

    Should your interests span both specializations, you can select a custom track. This unique aspect of Gannon's MPA curriculum allows you to choose any three electives from the two specializations offered, and seamlessly aligns your online MPA with your professional interests and academic goals.

    What Makes Our Online MPA Different

    Gannon University's online MPA program goes beyond a generalist overview in public administration to truly develop industry subject-matter experts - leaders who are well prepared to solve the unique challenges that face government agencies, hospitals and non-profit organizations. Other program advantages include:

    • Nationally recognized faculty
    • Interdisciplinary approach
    • Two targeted specializations - administrative and organizational leadership
    • Legacy of MPA leaders - program started in 1986
    • Comprehensive, student-centered approach

    At Gannon, your success is our mission. Our small class sizes paired with an accessible expert faculty help ensure you get the personalized attention and one-on-one support to make your academic journey an enjoyable one.

    Career Outcomes: Salaries and Jobs

    An online MPA from Gannon University can strengthen your current career, or help you start a new one within the public sector. Job titles typically associated with MPA graduates and associated earning potential are listed in the chart below.

    Urban and Regional Planner


    Social and Community Service Managers


    Human Resource Manager



    Online MPA Outcomes: Real Results

    Once you have completed the online MPA program at Gannon University, you will have the skills and confidence to effectively lead in a variety of scenarios, whether locally or abroad. Program outcomes include but are not limited to the following:

    • Ability to bridge the gap between private and public sector to strengthen cross collaboration.
    • Acquire both theoretical and experiential perspectives to leverage technology and understand global cultures and concepts.
    • Understanding of public policy, strategic planning, budgeting and basic legal principles affecting all facets of public administration.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the structure, responsibilities and opportunities of public administration in a variety of public and/or private settings.
  • State Authorization

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    Student Success

    Gannon's Online Engagement Coordinator facilitates our online new student orientations, implements strategies to ensure that online students are active in their online courses, and provides general online student support through a variety of high-touch methods to engage students and support student retention efforts. Gannon online students can reach out with general questions about online learning or how to remotely access Gannon's comprehensive student services.