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    Master of Public Administration - MPA Degree

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  • Earn Your MPA Degree with On-campus and Online/Hybrid Options

    It’s more than a career; it’s your community. That’s why Hamline has been an innovator in public administration education for more than 30 years. Our program takes a theory-to-practice approach so you immediately apply what you learn. Build your expertise and enrich your community while working with instructors who have years of experience in their respective fields and are passionate about teaching.

    With an MPA Degree from Hamline, you will:

    • Develop your expertise so you can address continuous change and provide important leadership to public sector agencies to positively affect people's lives.

    • Expand your professional network, learning from instructors and colleagues who are actively engaged in public service and joining a network of more than 1,000 MPA alumni serving the public across the state and nation.

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    MPA Degree On Campus or Online Overview

    Balance work and school

    Take courses one night per week on campus or online with weekend residencies every eight weeks (1–8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday).

    Start sooner

    Begin your MPA in January (hybrid program) or August/September (on-campus program).

    Finish faster

    You can complete your MPA in as few as 24 months.

  • Hybrid or On Campus

    You choose the program that’s right for you. With courses offered on campus in Saint Paul or online—with residencies in Minneapolis—our program is accessible no matter where you live.

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  • Courses

    Courses focusing on topics such as public policy analysis, data analytics, and decision-making give you the best preparation to lead in government.

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  • Tuition

    Affordable tuition from a prestigious, private, nonprofit university makes your MPA a viable and valuable option.

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  • Scholarships

    Your education could become even more affordable. Find out if you're eligible for one of several scholarships and tuition discounts.

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    "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."


    Sack Thongvanh MPA '06, city administrator


  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    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.

    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.