Master of Public Administration (Online Option)

Earn your MPA online in 12 months or 24 choose.

The MPA program has been offered for over 30 years, but students will now have the option of entirely completing their degree online beginning Fall 2013. The Master of Public Administration degree prepares students for leadership careers in public service organizations and allows students to work at a faster pace than the traditional MPA currently offered at MSU.

"The MPA program at Murray State provided a deep understanding of public service and the complexities surrounding public policy formation and implementation. Anyone pursuing a career within the public sector, or careers that involve interaction with the public sector, should consider the MPA program as essential. Understanding the political, social and personal motivations that drive our society have been fundamental to becoming more effective and efficient with my current occupation."
Andy Rideout, Hopkins County Extension Agent, Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office

"Prior to entering the MPA program at Murray State University, all of my educational background was in business administration. However, the career path I had chosen led me down a path where I worked directly with governmental public agencies. Through the completion of the MPA program, I obtained the skills that have helped me move forward in my career in the public sector. The lessons I learned not only from course studies, but from the lessons gained through personal experiences of the professors gave me great insight on how to become a more effective public servant."
Amy Frogue, Director of Community Development, Pennyrile Area Development District

Accelerated option: Two half-semester terms are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students will take two courses per half-semester term and then complete coursework by taking three courses the following summer term.

Part-time option: This program is also designed for students who are looking for an online program that has some flexibility. Students who cannot take two courses per half-semester term could take just one course per half-semester term and still finish in two years while enrolling part-time.

Total Course Requirements- 33 hours

Required Core Courses- 21 hours
POL 660Research Methods
POL 670Foundations of Public Administration
POL 671Public Policy Analysis
POL 673Public Budgeting and Finance
POL 674Public Organizations
POL 681Human Resource Administration
POL 685Public Administration Capstone

Graduate Electives- 12 hours
A student must take 12 hours of graduate electives to fulfull a specialized option or area of interest.

Course Sequence

Fall 2013 

POL 660- Research Methods (First Half-Semester)
POL 670- Foundations of Pub. Admin. (First Half-Semester) 

POL 642- Gov't & Business (Second Half-Semester)
POL 681- HR Administration (Second Half-Semester)

Spring 2014 

POL 671- Public Policy Analysis (First Half-Semester)
POL 673- Public Budgeting and Finance (First Half-Semester) 

POL 674- Public Organizations (Second Half-Semester)
POL 648- Healthcare Policy (Second Half-Semester)

Summer 2014 

POL 685- Public Administration Capstone