Master of Public Administration

Make a positive change and impact on your community.

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Program Summary

  • This program is designed to help those who aspire to lead and serve their community in a wide variety of public service career fields.
  • Enhance your ability to understand, analyze, and control your organizational environment to manage more effectively and promote positive change in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  • The curriculum covers organizational governance, finance, and administration while also providing instructors who have real-world experiences to prepare novice administrators.
  • Program Features:
    • Live online virtual lectures you can attend with classmates.
    • Support of a live faculty member.
    • All lectures are recorded for you to review later.
    • Traditional classroom feel with the safety and flexibility of online.

Employment Projections

  • 4,200 Urban and Regional Planning jobs are projected to be added across the United States between 2018 and 2028. (1)
  • 14% growth is projected in the Public Administration field across the United States between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than the national average for all occupations. (1)

Employment Options

  • Criminal justice Administrator
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Urban Planning and Development Administrator
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Program Spotlight

What Classes Will I Take?

  • Organizational Management
  • Public Crisis Intervention
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation

What Are Typical Class Hours?

  • Brookline’s online program is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education.
  • You can be full-time or part-time, whichever works for your schedule.
Program Description & Outline
What Classes Will I Take?

Organizational Management
Public Crisis Intervention
Policy Analysis and Evaluation



The Master of Science in Public Administration program prepares graduates for a variety of administrative roles within the public sector. This curriculum ensures students can engage in the core competencies of enhancing leadership and decision-making, contributing to the public policy process, communicating effectively in diverse organizational settings, advancing a public service perspective, and using critical thinking and problem solving in organizational settings to serve the public (community) within the public or non-profit sectors. Throughout this program students will focus on the human health aspect, community needs awareness, organizational development, management and theories, accounting and financial management, public law to include family law and crisis intervention, government budgeting and statistics to improve on the community growth and outcomes, problem-solving, analysis, ethics, and improved organizational performance. Students will be able to use key concepts and analytical approaches from human resource administration, public budgeting, ethics and administrative law, within the context of the public service values of equity, accountability, transparency, access and responsiveness to diversity.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Public Administration program, graduates will be able to:

  • Recognize the need for community intervention and improvements
  • Integrate evidence-based practices to improve community resources and evaluate the need for improvements
  • Articulate the unique nature of public administration, the role of the public administrator, and the contextual elements that differentiate the public from the nonprofit and private sectors
  • Appraise the organization environment, both internal and external, as well as the culture, politics and institutional setting
  • Utilization of organizational resources in efficient and effective ways
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding and skill of applying the Ethical Problem-solving model
  • Employ analytical tools for collecting, analyzing, presenting and interpreting data, including appropriate statistical concepts and techniques
  • Understand the unique nature and challenges of leadership in the public sector, highlighting the discussion of internal and external factors that make government and not-for-profit organizations different from organizations in the private sector
  • Utilization of organizational resources in efficient and effective ways
  • Understand the need for intervention methods in the public sector and recognize the need for intervention models
  • Understand basic public, administrative, and family laws required for public assistance
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of human resource management and employee recognition for administrators, city managers, consumer safety inspectors, county managers, criminal investigators, customs inspectors

Online Program Requirements

Program Concentration – 36 Credits – 540 Contact hours Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours Practicum
MPA 500 Introduction to Public Administration34500
MPA 501 Organization Development34500
MPA 502 Human Resource Administration34500
MPA 510 Organizations and Communities34500
MPA 511 Organizational Management34500
MPA 520 Administrative Statistics34500
MPA 601 Policy Analysis and Evaluation34500
MPA 602 Government Budgeting34500
MPA 605 Human Services34500
MPA 606 Public Crisis Intervention34500
MPA 610 Administrative Law34500
MPA 612 Family Law Capstone Course34500
Tuition & Fees

Your education is a big investment and Brookline College believes no investment offers more potential. A new career can transform your life, and we’re here to help you make that happen.

  • At Brookline College there are no hidden costs. Our tuition includes books, supplies and all fees.
  • Tuition: Please call or click Request Info to determine your cost.
  • Program length: 60 weeks.
Paying For School
  • More than 88% of Brookline College students use some form of financial aid(2) to help cover the cost of their education(3). That’s why we offer personalized counseling from a Student Finance Advisor to help make your college experience more affordable.
  • We have also provided The Net Price Calculator that will provide preliminary, non-binding estimates of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility based on federal methodology.

(2) Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
(3) Percentage calculated by Brookline College for the 2015-16 school year.

Admissions Process

We want to be sure your career goals are in line with your selected program of study. Our admission process will help you understand our programs and the career expectations in the field.

Five Simple Steps:

  1. Visit the campus. See what Brookline and the program is all about.
  2. Complete a Visitor Information Form.
  3. Complete a financial aid interview to develop a financial plan.
  4. Complete the Enrollment Agreement with an Admissions Representative to include collecting all necessary documentation.
  5. Meet with the Director of Education, or an appropriate Department Director to discuss any unusual enrollment circumstances or accommodations needed to successfully complete the program.

Once all requirements have been completed, the Director of Admissions, Director of Education, and Campus Director reviews the application for approval. Applicants are notified of their acceptance promptly.

What Do Public Administrators Do?

Public administrators play a major role in contributing to society and the decision-making processes that take place in the public and nonprofit sectors. Public administrators use leadership, critical thinking and project management skills together to impact the communities and organizations they serve. With a Master of Science in Public Administration, you can be on your way to a rewarding career.

Graduates of this program must have the knowledge and skills needed for planning, implementing and evaluating programs in the public and nonprofit sectors. As students learn to think critically and analytically about public policy, they will better understand the dynamics in their own communities and learn how to be more effective citizens and public officials.


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  • Institutional Accreditation: Brookline College’s Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and Albuquerque campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Brookline College has been approved by Arizona to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. For more information, visit:
  • Programmatic Accreditation: Programmatic accreditation, also known as specialized or professional accreditation, is designed for specialized departments, programs, schools, or colleges within a university or institution that has already received accreditation.

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