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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Prepare to lead with a master's in public administration

Take the lead for your community with a program that’s been an innovator in public administration education for more than 40 years. Gain a theory-to-practice approach and immediately apply what you learn. Work alongside instructors who have years of experience in the field and take on the challenging issues in serving the public, from public works and transportation to public health and safety. 

Join the first MPA program of its kind in the upper Midwest and:

  • Develop your expertise so you can provide important leadership to public sector agencies and positively affect people's lives in an ever-changing landscape.
  • Expand your professional network by learning from instructors and colleagues who are actively engaged in public service. You’ll also join a network of more than 1,000 MPA alumni serving the public across the state and nation.

A Minnesota-based MPA degree with online and hybrid courses

We know that balancing work, school, and family can be a challenge. That's why we've designed our master’s degree in public administration online and on-campus—to offer flexibility. 

With Hamline's hybrid format you get the benefits of online courses and in-person learning. Your courses are offered synchronously (i.e., a set scheduled time) online  or on-campus generally from 5:45-9:45 p.m. or asynchronously online with one or two sessions on-campus occurring Fridays 1-8 p.m. and/or Saturdays 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Specialized coursework for public administration professionals

With Hamline's MPA you'll get prepared to lead in the public sector with nine required courses and three courses in a concentration area of your choosing.

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Business analytics concentration 

Businesses need leaders who can make data-driven decisions. With a concentration in business analytics, you’ll gain the knowledge of statistics and data collection needed to make these decisions, as well as the communication and visualization skills to advocate for data-informed business practices.

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Leadership and change management concentration

The ability to lead organizations through times of change is a highly sought-after skill set. With Hamline’s leadership and change concentration, you’ll develop your own negotiation, conflict management, and project management skills while learning how to enhance the performance of others and facilitate constructive engagement leading to sustainable change.

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Customized concentration

This option is for students who are motivated toward in-depth study on a topic relevant to their Master of Public Administration degree. Customized concentrations require 12 credits of graduate elective coursework and may be comprised of graduate courses at Hamline University and approved transfer courses. Sample concentration options might include marketing, finance, or business communications. Students who want to pursue this option should contact the School of Business graduate programs director for an application form.

With Hamline there was that balance, exposing you to real life through people that are working in the field day to day. It's nice to have the connections and network, and Hamline really provided that opportunity."

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You don’t have to navigate your career on your own. Beginning with orientation, our career advisor will guide you in developing your own individual career plan that will best meet your professional goals.

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