Drive change that matters with an online MPA

How does a community face and overcome challenges? With the Strayer University online Master of Public Administration (MPA), you can find the skills and practice to help lead positive change.

You’ll learn how to manage all aspects of nonprofits, government organizations and publicly engaged organizations—from people and assets to funding and public relations.

Your courses will include work to understand the issues and limitations faced by nonprofits and community organizations, public budgeting and finance, and policy analysis and program evaluation.



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  • PAD 500 - Modern Public Administration: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations

    Examine the structure, functions and processes of the executive branch agencies of national, state and local governments, and of the nonprofit sector. Discuss the historical development of the field of public administration and the social/political context of its formation. Survey organizational and management practice, and applies efficiency and accountability concepts to public and nonprofit administration. Analyze the size and scope of the nonprofit sector, and explore the similarities and differences between the nonprofit and public sectors.

  • PAD 505 - Public Budgeting and Finance

    Examine key financial institutions, processes and techniques relating to public budgeting, revenue and expenditure. Cover analytical techniques appropriate for the analysis of revenue, spending and debt issuance. Review stages of the budget process and related actors and analytical techniques using the federal budget process as a case study. Discuss performance-laden budget reforms, governmental accounting, debt management and financial reporting. Review principles of taxation and evaluates major sources of revenue and their significance.

  • PAD 510 - Introduction to Public Policy Analysis

    Prerequisite: PAD 500

    Get a foundation in public policy analysis. Explore the interrelationships among politics, policy formulation and implementation, and ethics and values, with an emphasis on the public sector in the United States. Examine how political parties, key stakeholders, interest groups and public opinion influence public policy. Understand public policy's role and issues in federal, state, local and nonprofit agencies; and learn how public bureaucracies implement policy through decision making, planning, organizing and other administrative processes.

  • PAD 515 - Leadership and Conflict Resolution

    Examine models of leadership and the societal and personal assumptions about them. Discuss elements, factors and processes that give rise to effective executive and managerial leadership and apply these elements to large, complex organizations. Address the theory, concepts, research and practice in conflict analysis and resolution. Explore the roles of private- and public-sector leaders in conceptualizing, planning and managing innovation and change, and in mediating conflicts. Examine the theoretical bases of various decision-making and problem-solving strategies.

  • PAD 520 - Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

    Review the political, social and economic factors influencing policy analysis. Analyze and resolve practical problems within policy issues facing the federal, state, local and nonprofit sectors. Examine quantitative and qualitative methods, processes and concepts of public policy analysis and develop skills in applying critical thinking, analytical techniques and various forms of structured analytical writing and communications. Discuss the role and ethical dimensions of policy analysis in the policy-making process.

  • PAD 525 - Constitutional and Administrative Law

    Examine public administration as described within the U.S. constitution and U.S. legal system. Study this foundation for all law in the public, nonprofit and private sectors in a constitutional, regulatory and administrative framework. Use the federal government as the context for analyzing administrative agencies and the public sector administrators legal responsibility and accountability. Apply the legal principles, concepts and processes needed to address legal subjects most relevant to public administration. Explore how the legal system addresses critical issues faced by public officials and how the law is designed to work. Discuss the relationship between public administrators and lawyers, and the moral dimensions of how the law is upheld in the decision-making process.

  • PAD 530 - Public Personnel Management

    Analyze basic principles and functions of personnel administration in public service; review personnel functions including management, recruitment, placement, wage and salary management, valuing and managing diversity, training, retirement and more. Get an overview of advanced labor relations and collective bargaining processes and issues, grievance and disciplinary procedures, affirmative action and equal employment issues.

  • PAD 540 - International Public Administration

    Examine U.S. foreign policy and explore the geopolitical context of international policies and procedures. Analyze the changing role of the U.S. government and its relations with foreign countries; factors affecting global policy, culture and leadership; the impact of foreign economic integration; social, and policy implications; international politics; and the influence of government trade policy.

  • PAD 599 - Directed Research Project

    Prerequisite: To be taken as last or next to last class. Grade of "B" or higher is required.

    Present a portfolio demonstrating core competencies in the areas of corporate governance, public personnel administration, public budgeting and finance, constitutional law, public policy, program evaluation, and public leadership in the public or nonprofit sector. The objective of the portfolio is to apply your knowledge, skills and abilities to the role and responsibilities of a public or nonprofit manager. The portfolio consists of approved research position papers, Power Point presentations, role-playing exercises and competency exams.


Get ready to turn your passion for helping others into action.

The skills you develop in an online MPA program can help you reach your goals and explore careers as an education administrator, public administration consultant, nonprofit executive director, program analyst or director, or a manager at the city, state or federal level.

The Strayer master’s degree in public administration can help you direct initiatives that influence people’s lives and society in meaningful ways. 

Why choose Strayer?

A world of opportunity is waiting—for you

Discover how Strayer can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Transfer your credits, finish your degree

Strayer accepts a wide range of courses for college transfer credit. The number of credit hours you can transfer depends on which program you want to start. You can apply up to 18 quarter hour credits toward a master’s degree program.

Flexibility to match your lifestyle

We offer online learning that lets you work at your own pace. It’s designed to give you the best possible student experience while freeing you from a classroom schedule. You’ll pick up real-world skills on your own time, where and whenever classwork fits into your life. And our programs run all year round, four quarters a year.

Expert staff to support you

From day one, we give you the support you need for success. Our admissions officers and student services coaches will set you on the right path, helping you find the best program for you and guiding you through choosing financial aid, setting benchmarks for meeting your goals, and connecting you with mentors and tutors. 



We can help you identify, understand and qualify for a variety of financial aid options.

The financial assistance that may be available to you includes:

  • Federal financial aid programs
  • Military education benefits
  • Selected state grant programs
  • Tuition assistance programs

Tuition Information

Scholarships and Grants


To qualify for admission to an advanced degree program at Strayer, you’ll need to submit an application, proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and official copies of transcripts from all other colleges or universities you’ve attended.

Strayer also requires satisfactory performance in at least one of the following areas:

  • 2.50 out of 4.0 undergraduate GPA during the junior and senior years
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) (450 or better)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (1,000 or better)

For more details, visit our course catalog.

Evidence of Graduate Potential

Information for Tennessee Students


Days. Nights. Weekends. Online anytime or on campus when it’s convenient for you. Our programs are designed for adults who lead busy lives. How?

  • We use technology to support interaction with classmates and professors. In fact, we’re pioneers in online education, offering our first online courses in 1996. We continually update our online resources to keep up with the latest technology and facilitate a better student experience.
  • We also have a campus near you, full of resources available to you whenever you might need them.
  • And our sessions start four times a year, so you never have to wait for an opportunity to get started or keep moving toward your goal.

Online Distance Learning

Campus Locations


Strayer University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by Strayer University, please visit and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button. Please contact your campus director or campus dean with any questions regarding the information provided on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission website. Credits earned at Strayer University may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Strayer University. You should obtain confirmation that Strayer University will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at Strayer University to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Strayer University prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Strayer University to another educational institutions may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at Strayer University if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of Strayer University and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Strayer University before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

At least three years of professional experience in a leadership, management, or problem-solving role.  This will also require evidence of graduate potential that may include an interview with a Campus Dean.


Number of Students Completing ACBSP-Accredited Degree Programs
  2015 2016 2017
Program Nbr. of recipients Nbr. of recipients Nbr. of recipients
AAAC 41 62 64
AABA 676 754 842
AACM 20 19 22
AAMK 15 11 13
BBA 1,831 1,899 2,023
BSAC 248 218 221
JWEMBA 167 237 364
MBA 1,802 1,786 1,747
MHSA/MSHS 204 208 183
MSAC 217 174 164
MSHR 304 301 254
MSMG 261 236 278
Total 5,786 5,905 6,175

Source: Strayer University's Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Graduated Students 2015-2017 (updated 7/10/2018).

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