Prepare for public leadership 
and administration to lead change.

Prepare for public leadership
and administration to lead change.

Master of Public Administration Program Highlights

  • Train to be a leader fostering positive change at all levels in
    public service.
  • Earn your degree in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.
  • Create a schedule that works for you with evening classes.
  • Gain extensive real-world experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Our dynamic Master of Public Administration program offers an academically rigorous curriculum that prepares students for leadership roles at all levels of public service, in a choice of two areas of concentration: Criminal Justice or Sustainable Communities.

The Criminal Justice Concentration prepares public service professionals to address issues in the criminal justice field through socially responsible administration, management, advocacy, or research. The program trains students in financing, organizational leadership, ethics, economic analysis, policy development, and research methods—all indispensable for creating transformative change in the public arena. We offer a unique approach to addressing criminal behavior: collaboration between communities, mental health services, and the criminal justice system. This concentration emphasizes crime control and prevention, rehabilitation and re-entry services for the formerly incarcerated, research, and program evaluation.

The Sustainable Communities Concentration is for those who aspire to administration, leadership, and advocacy that advances sustainable economic development, environmental development, and a healthier culture and society at all levels. The concentration prepare leaders and administrators for an ever-growing range of opportunities in public service administration. As a student, you will explore the theoretical foundations, core competencies, and skills required to provide strong, ethical leadership and positively affect systems of public service and program administration.

Graduates are expected to master core competencies in program development, evaluation, and management within the public service arena, as well as varied skills required for:

  • Evaluation research on program development and analysis of outcomes
  • Policy interpretation and implementations
  • Program development
  • Organizational leadership, administration, and management
  • Needs assessments with program participants and communities
  • Advocacy and political activism

Adler University is a recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners to address today’s most pressing challenges.


Our program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills for roles such as:

  • Executive director, manager, or administrator in government settings
  • Advocacy or public service leader or manager
  • Case manager
  • Economic development/municipal finance administrator
  • Fundraiser or grant writer
  • Campaign leader and manager
  • Municipal or community development planner
  • Project and performance manager
  • Program administrator
  • Program evaluator or researcher
  • Public service analyst
  • Quality and strategic manager

The range of opportunities in public service administration continues to grow: with national, state, and local governments; research centers; consulting firms; community action groups; and NGOs and direct service providers in the United States and around the world.

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change in the criminal justice system with small classes and individualized mentorship from leading practitioners and scholars in the field.

Connect to unique professional development opportunities tailored to your career goals. Working with the University’s network of hundreds of community partners, students get hands-on field experience and cultivate the skills to become agents of positive social change.

As part of successfully completing our program, you will complete an experiential capstone project in your specific area of professional interest working with a governmental, community, advocacy, or nonprofit organization.

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed with working professionals in mind and can either be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. Classes are offered in the evenings.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.