Master of Public Administration



30 credit hours

Program Length

as few as 15 months


Regionally Accredited by SACSCOC

The MPA is centered on the CIU’s core concepts of preparing graduates for leadership and service. With focus areas such as ethics, values, and seeking the common good, the MPA program equips graduates to address contemporary public challenges.


  • Total number of hours required for the program is 30
  • 6-week term, nonstandard graduate online degree program
  • Fully online
  • Designed primarily for the adult learner with at least 2 years of work experience and an earned undergraduate degree.
  • Program Coordinator: Dr. Tara Phelps-Jones.

What You’ll Learn

Upon completion of this program, graduates should be able to:

  • Lead and manage public-sector organizations using recognized principles, dynamics, and best practices of effective public administration.
  • Formulate an ethical personal leadership philosophy for a diverse and multi-cultural 21st century workforce based on foundational theories of leadership and a Christian worldview.
  • Develop a strategic plan for a public-sector organization that demonstrates the theories and best practices of strategic planning and change management.
  • Evaluate current legal and regulatory challenges facing public administrators and governmental organizations according to the legal basis and limitations of governmental authority, as well as current administrative law and procedures.
  • Analyze the implications of public policy on public institutions, private organizations, businesses, and a diverse and changing citizenry.
  • Prepare a budget for a public-sector organization using the principles of effective and ethical management of public financial resources and analyze the effectiveness of the budgeting cycle as related to spending and accountability.
  • Manage complex data systems, using data to inform decision making and strategy development within the public sector.
  • Evaluate the foundational elements of human resource management within the context of public institutions and a diverse and multi-cultural 21st Century workforce, analyzing contemporary issues, challenges, and methods for leading in a servant-oriented manner.
Next online class starts February 27, 2023
Course Number Course Title
ADM 5010 MPA Program Foundations
ADM 5020 Public Administration
ADM 5030 Public Policy Foundations and Analysis
ADM 5040 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
ADM 5050 Leadership and Ethical Behavior in Public Service
ADM 5060 Research Methods for Public Administrators
ADM 6010 Organizational Analysis of Public Institutions
ADM 6020 Human Capital Assets and Public Personnel Management
ADM 6030 Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Administration
ADM 6040 Strategic Planning and Change Management in the Public Sector

Admission Requirements

  • Submit an online application
  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Graduate-level courses completed at another accredited institution will be considered for transferability into the MPA program provided the student has earned a grade of “C” or better and the courses meet the student learning outcomes of courses in the MPA program.
  • Have prior credit of a college math course (grade "C" or higher), reflected on transcript, or equivalent
  • Have prior credit of a college English Composition course (grade "C" or higher), reflected on transcript, or equivalent
  • Strong growth is projected in the labor market as organizations including large and small businesses, churches, nonprofit organizations, health care organizations and schools continue to be started, grow and expand.   Additionally, with the growing number of retirements from government service, the need to educate and develop public administrators is increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of management occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 706,900 new jobs. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which will require more workers to manage these operations. The median annual wage for management occupations was $104,240 in May 2018, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.
  • The MPA can prepare students for leadership and management positions in governmental agencies at the federal, state, or local levels, as well as businesses, higher education, nonprofit organizations, and ministries for which knowledge of public sector theories and application enhances the individual's qualifications for employment.