Prepare for public leadership 
and administration to lead change

Prepare for public leadership
and administration to lead change

Master of Public Administration

  • Train to be a leader fostering positive change at all levels of public service.
  • Gain extensive real-world experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.
  • Earn your degree in as little as two years.

Our Master of Public Administration degree prepares students for management careers in public and nonprofit organizations. Students in this program collaborate with our Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice and our Center of Civic Learning and Community Action. Our graduates are prepared with the theoretical foundation and management and leadership skills needed to address some of society's most challenging social issues. The program offers the best features of online graduate education public administration and service, coupled with Adler University’s emphasis on graduates being socially responsible professionals.

This program also provides students with the core knowledge and skills necessary for policy implementation, organizational leadership, management, and development that are necessary for work in the public arena including national, state, and local governments; research centers; consulting firms; community action groups’ and direct-service providers at various levels of government and services in the U.S. and around the world. The core objectives of the Public Administration program are to prepare students for organizational development, evaluation, and management of organizations distinguished by strong, ethical leadership and efficient and effective systems of delivery.  Core curriculum topics include Public Financing, Ethics and Leadership, Economic Analysis and Policy Development, Historical and Theoretical Foundations of the Administrative State, Organizational Theory in Public Administration, and Research and Evaluation Methods.

The 36-hour program includes 27 hours of public administration core coursework and 9 hours of concentration coursework in either Sustainable Communities, Crisis Management, or Military & Veteran Services. In order to become effective public administration professionals, students advance their abilities in leadership and advocacy and become participants in, and contributors to the process of developing public programs and organizations – including the analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, and problem solving that encourages the growth of a fair and just society. Students will also learn the critical skills of communicating and collaborating with diverse groups within a rapidly changing society, and to articulate and contribute new perspectives into discussions and solutions to social, economic and environmental problems.


  • Sustainable Communities: this concentration provides students with an opportunity to develop administration, leadership and advocacy skills used in sustainable economic development, environmental development and building a healthier culture and society at the local, state, national and international levels of governance.  The concentration prepares graduates for organizational leadership roles in all levels of government and particular areas of community health and sustainable development, environment, research, and program planning and evaluation.
  • Crisis Management: this concentration trains students to respond to and manage the impact of natural, accidental, or premeditated disasters and a disaster’s effect on communities. Further, there is a special focus on those communities that are at-risk and/or marginalized during times of crises. Students will prepare to serve as effective first-responders and recovery specialists, who can advocate for healthy and resilient communities in the immediate aftermath of an acute or chronic crisis. Attention is given to the critical period following a crisis where underlying vulnerabilities for psychological distress and other poor health outcomes may be exacerbated. Coursework prepares students to identify and foster psychological resiliency and promote healthy and resilient communities. Students will develop leadership skills that promote positive growth and development using natural strengths and resources inherently present in communities by way of engaging community leaders and traditionally marginalized and at-risk members of the community using primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention approaches.
  • Military & Veteran Services: this concentration educates students on how to be socially responsible through the engagement of both the military and veteran’s communities.  This concentration focuses on how the military interacts with larger social, organizational, cultural, and technological systems and draws on all sub-disciplines of administration to understand the variables that affect the military and governmental/non-governmental veteran’s sectors.  Further, this concentration includes the contributions of clinical, experimental, social, industrial/organizational, and engineering psychology.