• Online Master in Public Administration

    Advance your career on your schedule, in your zip code.

    Earn your degree in just two years from our expert scholars and practitioners. Network and learn with leading public servants, like you, from throughout the region. Fuel your passion for the field by working on real-life issues—making change in your workplace and community, as you make your way through the program.

    Virtual & Personal

    Our hybrid online/onsite model is designed is to be interactive and engaging, providing you a quality education from the oldest and most prestigious MPA in the region.

    Why the Online Format?

    Maintain your schedule. Take courses online with weekend residencies every two months at Hamline’s Minneapolis location.

    LH5 Cohort Schedule - Starting Spring 2016

    LH6 Cohort Schedule - Starting Spring 2017

    LH7 Cohort Schedule - Starting Spring 2018

    Build your network. Learn with and from colleagues who share your challenges and offer a wide range of perspectives. As a cohort member, you will develop bonds, share professional knowledge, and build a life-long network.


    The online Hamline MPA is led by experts in government management and policy. Drawing on years of expertise both in and out of the classroom, they’ll teach you the theory and show you how to apply it directly to your work. Passionate about their fields and dedicated to their students, they represent the best that public administration education has to offer.

    Interact with and learn from faculty from a wide variety of public sector experience including:

    • James Scheibel: Former Mayor of Saint Paul, former director of VISTA and Senior Corps
    • Carol Becker: Elected member of the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation
    • Kristen Norman-Major: Hamline University Program Director and Chair
    • Craig Waldron: Hamline University Lecturer, Former city administrator for the City of Oakdale
    • Wally Wysopal: City Manager, North Saint Paul

    Time Requirements

    Courses are arranged in eight week modules with a weekend residency at the beginning and end of each module. Residencies are 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Classes are scheduled year round, enabling you to finish in 24 months.

    Workloads are equivalent to a traditional master’s degree program and include readings, papers, and research projects. Students are expected to participate in online discussions every week. Residencies are intensive experiences that require prior preparation.

    Location and Technology

    The online portion of the program may be completed from any location with a high-speed Internet connection.

    Residencies will be held at Hamline’s Minneapolis location at 1600 Utica Ave. S. in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Reduced student rates are available at the nearby Homewood Suites or Holiday Inn Express.

  • 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.   

    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.