• Master in Public Administration

    It is the leadership of dedicated, educated citizens that produces effective government.

    The Master in Public Administration degree is designed for working professionals interested in the dynamics of the public sector. Many of our students are already actively engaged in public service at the state and local government levels. 

    The Master in Public Administration program provides the knowledge and tools they need to enhance their careers, as both managers of public employees and administrators meeting the fiduciary responsibilities of expending tax dollars.

    Why Hamline?

    Hamline’s MPA provides a solid and comprehensive body of knowledge to create capable government managers. With this degree, you can be a leader within government and positively affect people’s lives. This program is the latest initiative in Hamline’s long history of leadership in public administration.

    Hamline educates students to serve as innovators and leaders in their field. The learning environment draws on the expertise of a network of boards, advisors, alumni, and professionals -- merging theory with practice and academic learning with relevant, real-world experience. Students have the opportunity to apply classroom instruction to their professional lives, using their acquired knowledge for the good of their communities.

    Ranked first in Minnesota among comprehensive universities by U.S. News and World Report, Hamline University is also Minnesota’s first University, founded in 1854.

    Guided by faculty who are leaders in their fields, Hamline’s nearly 5,000 students experience small classes and personal attention along with the opportunities of a comprehensive university.

  • Learn More

    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about pursuing a Master in Public Administration.

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  • News

    Professor of Practice Jim Scheibel to join a higher education panel discussion in Washington D.C. Watch a live stream of, The Changing World of Work: What Should We Ask of Higher Education, on Wednesday, January 21.

    Hamline economics major Linda Umwali has big plans for the future. She wants to become Rwanda's finance minister. MPR News featured Linda in a story about her journey from Rwanda to Hamline thanks to a scholarship that was born out of a study abroad trip to that country, led by Sociology Professor Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert.

    The Hamline community and greater community are invited the Hamline Center for Public Administration and Leadership's Critical Conversations event on Friday, January 23 from 8 - 9 a.m. in the Kay Fredericks Ballroom of the Klas Center. The deadline to register is Monday, January 19.

  • Read a Message from the MPA Department Chair

    Message from the Director

    Director of Public Administration Programs Kris Norman-Major welcomes you.

  • Why MPA

    Why MPA and Why Now?

    Faculty members in the Hamline School of Business talk about the importance of advancing your education in the field of public administration.

  • Meet a Hamline MPA Alum

    David Hemze MPA '90

    Meet David Hemze, Carver County Administrator and alum of the Hamline MPA.

  • Learn about Dual Degree Graduate Programs

    Dual Degrees

    Receive hands-on training across sectors and gain the skills and experiences employers want.