Overview

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.

Become a leader and advocate for social justice at all levels of public service with a Master of Public Administration graduate degree from Adler University. Channel your passion for improving your community by addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as income inequality, insecure housing, and environmental threats – all with the flexibility of an online program. And, choose a concentration – sustainable communities, military and veterans services, or crisis management – that aligns with your career aspirations.

The Adler University MPA program delivers the core knowledge and skills necessary for effective policy implementation, organizational leadership, management, and finance in the public arena – including at the national, state, and local government levels. Additionally, the curriculum prepares students to pursue opportunities at non-profits, research centers, consulting firms, community action groups, direct-service providers and other private-sector entities.

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 how to articulate and solicit new perspectives that develop community-driven and support solutions to social, economic and environmental problems. Students complete a Social Justice Practicum as well as a Capstone project.

The 36-hour program includes 27 hours of public administration core coursework and 9 hours of coursework across one of three unique concentrations.

Concentrations

As part of the online MPA, students will select from up to three specialized concentrations – Sustainable Communities, Crisis Management or Military and Veteran Services – tailored to their desired career path.

  • Sustainable Communities is for those who aspire to administration, leadership, and advocacy across a broad range of career opportunities in both the non-profit and public service sectors. Using Adlerian principles, you’ll learn the skills necessary to create sustainable economic development, environmental development and healthier communities at the local, state, national and international level.
     
  • Crisis Management trains students to respond to and manage the impact of natural, accidental, or premeditated disasters and their effects on communities – especially those populations who are already vulnerable. Further, there is a special focus on serving those communities that are at-risk and/or marginalized during times of crisis. Students will learn to identify and foster psychological resiliency and advocate for healthy and resilient communities – especially in the immediate aftermath of an acute or chronic crisis. Additionally, students will develop or strengthen leadership skills that promote positive community growth and development.
     
  • The Military & Veteran Services concentration focuses on how to be socially responsible practitioners through engaging the military and veteran’s communities. As part of the concentration students gain a unique perspective and context into how the military interacts with larger social, organizational, cultural, and technological systems. Students learn to draw on all sub-disciplines of administration to understand the variables that affect the military and governmental/non-governmental veteran’s sectors. Further, this concentration incorporates the contributions of clinical, experimental, social, industrial/organizational, and engineering psychology.

Professional Development & Training

As part of the online Master of Public Administration, you’ll participate in two experiences designed to apply your classroom learnings to real-world settings. During the Capstone project, you will work individually or as part of a team to improve a public policy or service.

Alfred Adler’s focus on community life, prevention, and population health serves as the inspiration for the Social Justice Practicum. You’ll gain real-world experience working alongside a partner organization to advance real social change in the community. Alongside the practicum, you’ll complete online modules that introduce you to social justice principles. The Practicum will conclude with a presentation of your findings.

Careers

Adler’s online MPA degree prepares you for a variety of socially responsible careers in both public and nonprofit organizations. Graduates are prepared with the theoretical foundation and management and leadership skills needed to address some of society's most challenging social issues.

Graduates from the online MPA program can have successful and rewarding careers across a number of professional roles, such as:

  • Policy analyst or researcher
  • Program administrator
  • Veterans affairs lobbyist
  • Program analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Community organizer
  • Nonprofit or for-profit community service provider
  • Project manager
  • Advocate, Activist
  • Policy strategist
  • Community development specialist
  • Municipal planner/developer
  • Community leader
  • Government representative or legislator
  • Municipal, county or state-level governmental emergency manager