• Master of Public Administration

    Serving the Common Good

    Hamline has been an innovator in public administration education for more than 30 years with its Master and Doctorate of Public Administration degrees. Our programs take a theory-to-practice approach so that you immediately apply what you learn. Working with instructors who have years of experience in their respective fields and are passionate about teaching, you will build your expertise and enrich your community.

    Why Hamline?

    Online or on campus.

    Hamline offers two convenient formats to fit the lives of working professionals.

    With a Master of Public Administration from Hamline, you will:

    • Build the skills necessary to take on the continually changing issues in serving the public, from public works and transportation to public health and safety.
    • Develop your expertise so you can provide important leadership to public sector agencies and positively affect people’s lives.
    • Learn from a broad network of public sector professionals with relevant, real-world experience.
    • Expand your professional networks learning from instructors and colleagues who are actively engaged in public service at local, state, and federal levels of government.
    • Join a network of more than 1,000 Hamline MPA alumni serving the public across the state and nation.

    Program Overview

    Program Formats

    • On campus eight-week terms, Saint Paul campus
    • Online cohort with weekend residencies every eight weeks, West Metro location. Residencies are held 1-8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    Program Begins

    • On-campus program begins in late August
    • Online program with residencies begins in early January

    Time to Complete

    • On campus: 2-4 years, flexible to meet your needs
    • Online with residencies: Two years


    48 credits:  Curriculum details


    View current tuition rates.


    The Hamline School of Business has four scholarships for new and returning students in the MPA program. 

  • Learn More

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

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  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.

    Complaint Process

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.

  • Current Student Resources


    Message from the Director

    Professor Kris Norman-Major, director of the Center for Public Administration and Leadership welcomes you.


    Video: Why MPA and Why Now?

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


    Insights from our Graduates

    Sandra Christensen MPA '12 reached a career milestone with Hamline's Master of Public Administration.