2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Jan 30, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

As the public and private sectors increasingly evolve and overlap, there will be an increasing demand for leaders and managers who are scholar-practitioners. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares professionals to excel in this increasingly complex and collaborative environment. The program offers students an opportunity to directly apply academic theories and skills in their own communities, making the learning experience personally meaningful while creating positive social change.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe key leadership concepts and theories that can be used to effectively lead and manage in the public sector.
  2. Determine appropriate skills needed for participating in and contributing to public and nonprofit policy processes.
  3. Critically evaluate strategies for resolving public policy and administration problems in a global economic and political environment.
  4. Develop ethical solutions to advance and improve the lives of citizens and organizations.
  5. Apply models that represent best practices in utilizing diverse perspectives in local, state, national, and international public agencies.


Students who wish to gain additional knowledge in a specialized area can complete two courses in a specialization area. Courses must be taken in the order presented.


The following previous MPA specializations are no longer accepting new students. Current students in these specializations must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies. Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Degree Requirements

  • 48 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Elective courses or optional specialization courses* (10 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

*Optional specialization courses must be taken in the order shown.

Core Curriculum

Courses are 11 weeks in length.

Electives or Optional Specialization Courses (10 cr.)

Students in the General Program choose two elective courses from any of the MMPA specialization courses. Students undertaking a specialization complete two specfied courses. Specialization courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Capstone Course (5 cr.)

Course Sequence

Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
Elective Course 1 / Specialization Course 1 5 cr.
Elective Course 2 / Specialization Course 2 5 cr.
5    5 cr.