Government and nonprofit sector jobs account for an astonishing 25% of total U.S. employment. What attracts such large numbers to these organizations is the positive impact that their services can have on the public. At the center of these mission-oriented institutions are leaders driving change and empowering teams and volunteers to transform their communities.
The transfer-friendly Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the graduate degree program of choice for government and nonprofit organizations seeking leadership talent. Franklin's online MPA degree program equips you to tackle the specific leadership challenges faced by public administration professionals -- similar to the way an MBA prepares you for an executive position in business. You'll learn to create administrative plans, make management decisions, and achieve organizational goals for the advancement of community interest.
Prepare for a career as a government or nonprofit manager
Because Franklin offers a current, applied curriculum focused on preparing you to be a real-world practitioner, upon graduation you’ll be ready to enter the workforce and immediately take on the top issues facing government and nonprofit organizations. You’ll gain the skills employers look for in the areas of public and nonprofit leadership, organizational analysis, policy-making, budgeting and financial management, and personnel administration.
Our balanced MPA degree curriculum teaches you both government and nonprofit skills and competencies, including navigating the political system from an organizational and professional perspective; real-world ethics and professionalism; critical thinking and process improvement; fundamental budgeting and financial analysis; and practical leadership skills. We also emphasize critical skills that are not addressed in most other programs, including methodological reasoning, strategic organizational communication, and applied analytical techniques for decision making and problem solving.
At Franklin, you’ll also be engaged in case studies and simulations, giving you incredibly valuable experience in management decision-making, financial analysis, and management.
Customize your Public Administration master's program to align with your desired functional area
In addition to a curriculum overseen by an expert Advisory Board comprised of nonprofit CEOs, governmental officials, and community leaders, such as former Columbus mayor Greg Lashutka, you can enrich your Master's in Public Administration degree by choosing to take two elective courses to develop expertise in any of Franklin's graduate programs including Criminal Justice Administration, Healthcare Administration, or Human Resource Management.
Franklin is a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), a mark of our commitment to provide you with a public administration education of excellence and quality.