Mar 30, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

Public Management and Leadership - Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.


With unprecedented fiscal challenges and rising performance expectations facing public and nonprofit institutions, managers must be prepared to apply core business principles to improve the efficiencies and effectiveness of their organizations. In this specialization, students will apply a systems perspective as they develop strategies for organizational change in the public organization of their choice. They will discover how transformative change occurs in complex public systems, and will learn to use the language of leadership to motivate, inspire, and competently lead their organizations and shape public policy.

Degree Requirements

  • General Program: 48 total quarter credits; with optional specialization: 63 quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Optional specialization courses* (15 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

*Optional specialization courses must be taken in the order shown.

Foundation Course (3 cr.)

Capstone Course (5 cr.)