Getting your Master of Public Administration online from Strayer allows you to channel your energy into action. You’ll learn how to manage all aspects of nonprofits, government organizations, and publicly engaged organizations — from people and assets to funding and public relations. This includes understanding the issues and limitations faced by nonprofits, which can differ significantly from those faced by for-profit organizations.
Online Master’s in Public Administration
The Strayer Experience
Meeting You Where You Are
We know Strayer isn’t your only option for an online degree. But, we can offer you an education based on the highest academic standards, a strong return on your investment, and the supports you need to maintain a school-work-life balance. Our flexible programs let you pursue your degree while juggling the things that matter most—caring for kids and parents, growing and advancing in your career, and contributing to your community.
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- 125 years of history
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- Transfer and work credits honored
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Key Courses in The Online Master of Public Administration
PAD 500 - Modern Public Administration: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Examine the structure, functions and processes of the executive branch agencies of national, state and local governments, and of the nonprofit sector. Discuss the historical development of the field of public administration and the social/political context of its formation. Survey organizational and management practice, and applies efficiency and accountability concepts to public and nonprofit administration. Analyze the size and scope of the nonprofit sector, and explore the similarities and differences between the nonprofit and public sectors.
PAD 505 - Public Budgeting and Finance
Examine key financial institutions, processes and techniques relating to public budgeting, revenue and expenditure. Cover analytical techniques appropriate for the analysis of revenue, spending and debt issuance. Review stages of the budget process and related actors and analytical techniques using the federal budget process as a case study. Discuss performance-laden budget reforms, governmental accounting, debt management and financial reporting. Review principles of taxation and evaluates major sources of revenue and their significance.
PAD 510 - Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
Prerequisite: PAD 500
Get a foundation in public policy analysis. Explore the interrelationships among politics, policy formulation and implementation, and ethics and values, with an emphasis on the public sector in the United States. Examine how political parties, key stakeholders, interest groups and public opinion influence public policy. Understand public policy's role and issues in federal, state, local and nonprofit agencies; and learn how public bureaucracies implement policy through decision making, planning, organizing and other administrative processes.
PAD 515 - Leadership and Conflict Resolution
Examine models of leadership and the societal and personal assumptions about them. Discuss elements, factors and processes that give rise to effective executive and managerial leadership and apply these elements to large, complex organizations. Address the theory, concepts, research and practice in conflict analysis and resolution. Explore the roles of private- and public-sector leaders in conceptualizing, planning and managing innovation and change, and in mediating conflicts. Examine the theoretical bases of various decision-making and problem-solving strategies.
PAD 520 - Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
Review the political, social and economic factors influencing policy analysis. Analyze and resolve practical problems within policy issues facing the federal, state, local and nonprofit sectors. Examine quantitative and qualitative methods, processes and concepts of public policy analysis and develop skills in applying critical thinking, analytical techniques and various forms of structured analytical writing and communications. Discuss the role and ethical dimensions of policy analysis in the policy-making process.
PAD 525 - Constitutional and Administrative Law
Examine public administration as described within the U.S. constitution and U.S. legal system. Study this foundation for all law in the public, nonprofit and private sectors in a constitutional, regulatory and administrative framework. Use the federal government as the context for analyzing administrative agencies and the public sector administrators legal responsibility and accountability. Apply the legal principles, concepts and processes needed to address legal subjects most relevant to public administration. Explore how the legal system addresses critical issues faced by public officials and how the law is designed to work. Discuss the relationship between public administrators and lawyers, and the moral dimensions of how the law is upheld in the decision-making process.
PAD 530 - Public Personnel Management
Analyze basic principles and functions of personnel administration in public service; review personnel functions including management, recruitment, placement, wage and salary management, valuing and managing diversity, training, retirement and more. Get an overview of advanced labor relations and collective bargaining processes and issues, grievance and disciplinary procedures, affirmative action and equal employment issues.
PAD 540 - International Public Administration
Examine U.S. foreign policy and explore the geopolitical context of international policies and procedures. Analyze the changing role of the U.S. government and its relations with foreign countries; factors affecting global policy, culture and leadership; the impact of foreign economic integration; social, and policy implications; international politics; and the influence of government trade policy.
PAD 599 - Directed Research Project
Prerequisite: To be taken as last or next to last class. Grade of "B" or higher is required.
Present a portfolio demonstrating core competencies in the areas of corporate governance, public personnel administration, public budgeting and finance, constitutional law, public policy, program evaluation, and public leadership in the public or nonprofit sector. The objective of the portfolio is to apply your knowledge, skills and abilities to the role and responsibilities of a public or nonprofit manager. The portfolio consists of approved research position papers, Power Point presentations, role-playing exercises and competency exams.
BE THE EXPERT ON PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS AND NONPROFITS
You want to manage ambitious programs at nonprofits or other publicly-engaged organizations. It’s time to earn your online master’s in public administration.
Leadership roles within public organizations often require a master’s degree. By obtaining your online master’s in public administration, you’ll position yourself to climb the ladder and lead at a nonprofit.
Our curriculum for the master’s in public administration program blends universal business concepts with narrower public policy and governance topics. You’ll gain insight into the organizational and structural relationships between government organizations and nonprofits. You’ll also take dedicated courses in public budgeting and finance, leadership and conflict resolution, and public policy analysis.
In the final course of the program, you’ll complete a directed research project that’s designed to mimic the real-life responsibilities of a nonprofit or public organization manager.
Boost your leadership potential with a public administration master’s degree from Strayer. Make the impact in the public sphere that changes, shapes, and improves your community.
Making it all possible
Financial Assistance & Tools
We can help you identify, understand and qualify for a variety of financial aid options.
The financial assistance that may be available to you includes:
- Federal financial aid programs
- Military education benefits
- Selected state grant programs
- Tuition assistance programs
Admission to a Strayer’s Master’s Program
To qualify for admission to an advanced degree program at Strayer, you’ll need to submit an application, proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and official copies of transcripts from all other colleges or universities you’ve attended.
Strayer also requires satisfactory performance in at least one of the following areas:
- 2.50 out of 4.0 undergraduate GPA during the junior and senior years
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) (450 or better)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (1,000 or better)
For more details, visit our course catalog.
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Days. Nights. Weekends. Online anytime or on campus when it’s convenient for you. Our programs are designed for adults who lead busy lives. How?
- We use technology to support interaction with classmates and professors. In fact, we’re pioneers in online education, offering our first online courses in 1996. We continually update our online resources to keep up with the latest technology and facilitate a better student experience.
- We also have a campus near you, full of resources available to you whenever you might need them.
- And our sessions start four times a year, so you never have to wait for an opportunity to get started or keep moving toward your goal.