Master of Public Administration - MPA

Definition of 'Master of Public Administration - MPA'


A Master's level degree in public affairs that prepares recipients of the degree to serve in executive positions in municipal, state, federal levels of government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The focus of the program centers on principles of public administration, policy developement and management, and implementation of policies. It also prepares the candidate to deal with specific challenges faced in public administration.

Investopedia explains 'Master of Public Administration - MPA'


As a professional level degree, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree requires that students first have an undergraduate level degree from eligible universities. Students enrolled in an MPA program are expected to possess above average leadership skills and competence in economic and quantative analysis, among other skill requirements.



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