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Online Master of Public Administration and Policy

American University brings D.C. to you.
Learn 100 percent online from the center of public administration and policymaking. The online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) combines our nationally recognized and NASPAA-accredited Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) degree programs into one foundational, highly marketable credential.

School and Program Rankings

No. 5 Top Public Management/Public Administration Program
No. 19 Top School in Public Affairs
No. 26 Top Public Policy Program
- U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools 2017
- No. 4 Most Politically Active Students, The Princeton Review, 2017


School of Public Affairs ranked No. 1 in DC, 3rd in the U.S. and 5th worldwide for institutional impact on research in the field of public administration.
- Journal of Public Affairs Education
- No. 2 Best Online Master in Public Administration, The Best Schools Org, 2017

Program Highlights

  • Achieve a masters-level understanding of modern governance from an award-winning faculty of influencers in public administration and policy analysis
  • Gain a distinct advantage by mastering the disciplines of both public policy and public administration
  • Graduate with your MPAP in 24 months with a foundational skillset to build on for life, strengthening your ability to adapt to changing needs and advance within or across sectors
  • Open countless career opportunities in public service
  • Access a network of public policy experts, prestigious faculty and well-connected alumni
  • An Online Merit Scholarship of $10,000 is available to accepted applicants who meet eligibility requirements

Public administration and policy career prospects are strong, specifically in the areas of policy analysis and program evaluation. American University’s online MPAP prepares you to lead in positions across government and the private and non-profit sectors—jobs requiring strong analytics, creativity, communication, leadership and problem-solving capabilities.

Courses

PUAD 612: Introduction to Public Administration & the Policy Process
PUAD 626: Legal Issues in Public Administration
PUAD 606: Foundations of Policy Analysis
PUAD 630: Public Managerial Economics
PUAD 633: Budgeting and Financial Management
PUAD 660: Quantitative Methods
PUAD 661: Foundations of Program Evaluation
PUAD 684: Organizational Analysis
PUAD 665: Managing Human Capital Assets
PUAD 650: Leadership in a Changing Workplace
PUAD 617: Project Management
PUAD 688: Policy Practicum

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze administrative problems and craft solutions by applying knowledge of organizational management and leadership, organizational structure and culture, human resource systems, as well as the political and legal context of contemporary public service organizations.
  • Formulate, evaluate, and communicate public policies and programs using acquired analytic frameworks and methodological skills, including statistics, economics, and politics while considering their responsiveness, accountability, effectiveness and equity.
  • Incorporate a range of constitutional and ethical values into policy and administrative analysis and actions, including respect for the diversity of people and perspectives in the policy process.
  • Apply acquired skillsets, expertise, and values to real-world policy and organizational problems in a collaborative manner.

Careers

Master of Public Administration and Policy Careers

Public administration and policy career prospects are strong, specifically in the areas of policy analysis and program evaluation. Graduates of American University’s online Master of Public Administration and Policy master both disciplines, gaining a distinct advantage in the competitive job market. American University’s online MPAP prepares you to lead in positions across government and the private and non-profit sectors—jobs requiring strong analytics, creativity, communication, leadership and problem-solving capabilities.

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