Online Master of Business Administration Public Administration
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Drive positive public policy
A public administration MBA from Strayer University can help you prepare for a managerial career in the executive branches of local, state and federal governments, or you can consider a leadership role in the nonprofit sector. If you have a background in public policy, management or political science, this program can be the next step toward the advanced public policy position in your sights.
*10-course MBAs are not available in all states. Contact an admissions officer for more details.
Winter Classes Start on January 4
Program at a glance
11-week courses in the program
Cost per course
Earn your degree online with Strayer
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Help drive efficiency in public agencies
Learn how to ensure that the resources of local, state and federal governments are used efficiently, effectively and strategically. Study the principles of public administration to help shape the field.
Build your skills
Your online MBA in public administration can help you learn how to:
- Apply organizational and management practices to ensure efficiency and accountability within public and non-profit organizations.
- Apply financial tools and techniques to the development and management of public budgeting.
- Evaluate public policies and programs using quantitative analysis skills.
The high-quality higher education you deserve
Accredited online university
Strayer University is proud to be certified or accredited by four respected organizations. We’re committed to meeting quality standards, so you can earn an industry-recognized diploma you’re proud to display. View the ACBSP student achievement information.
Strayer University is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), www.msche.org. Strayer University’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. MSCHE most recently reaffirmed Strayer University’s accreditation status in June 2017, with the next self-study evaluation scheduled for the 2025–2026 academic year.
MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
A real student community
Experience online and live discussions, receive mentoring, expand your professional networks and create lifelong friendships.
No GRE/GMAT required
Good news: You don’t need GRE or GMAT test scores to apply to Strayer’s master’s degree programs.
Affording your degree
At Strayer, you’ll find plenty of ways to make your tuition affordable, so you can worry less about your budget and get down to business.
cost per course
degree conferral (one-time only)
technology fee (one per term)
Ways to reduce your cost
Transfer up to 3 classes toward your MBA degree.**
Save up to 20% off the cost of your MBA degree. Eligibility rules apply.
More than 500 organizations – including corporations and community colleges – invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to discounted education programs. If your employer is a Corporate Alliance Partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you advance in your company and your career.
*Students enrolled in North Carolina and Pennsylvania have a cost per course of $2,490, but have 12 total courses.
**Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration in North Carolina or Pennsylvania may transfer up to 4 classes.
Learn the skills for right now
This program blends business savvy and leadership skills with courses on policy analysis, budgeting and finance, personnel management and other relevant topics that you can apply right away in a government or nonprofit setting. View all courses.
Analyzes the interaction of individual, group, and organizational dynamics that influence human behavior in organizations and determine appropriate management approaches to foster a productive work environment. Examines a variety of theories, models and strategies used to understand motivation and individual behavior, decision making, the dynamics of groups, work teams, communication, leadership, power and politics, conflict resolution, work design, organizational structure and culture and managing change. Provides a conceptual base for managers to interpret, assess and influence human behavior in an organization.
You are the most important brand. This course will introduce methods to boost your communication skills and personal brand in a digital business setting using a variety of tools such as video, Skype and social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. Topics covered include thought leadership, brand development, presentations, content curation, company/group interactions and trending topics.
Examines the strategic management process and implementation of successful business strategies in the highly competitive and dynamic global environment. Analyzes the impact of technology, government policy, and world economic and political forces on strategy formulation and execution. Analytic, integrative, and decision-making skills will be exercised through the use of case analysis and decision-making that will involve the core business functions, leadership challenges and global operations.
Examine the structure, functions and processes of the executive branch agencies of national, state and local governments, and of the nonprofit sector. Discuss the historical development of the field of public administration and the social/political context of its formation. Survey organizational and management practice, and apply efficiency and accountability concepts to public and nonprofit administration. Analyze the size and scope of the nonprofit sector, and explore the similarities and differences between the nonprofit and public sectors.
Examine key financial institutions, processes and techniques relating to public budgeting, revenue and expenditure. Cover analytical techniques appropriate for the analysis of revenue, spending and debt issuance. Review stages of the budget process and related actors and analytical techniques using the federal budget process as a case study. Discuss performance-laden budget reforms, governmental accounting, debt management and financial reporting. Review principles of taxation and evaluate major sources of revenue and their significance.
Review the political, social and economic factors influencing policy analysis. Analyze and resolve practical problems within policy issues facing the federal, state, local and nonprofit sectors. Examine quantitative and qualitative methods, processes and concepts of public policy analysis and develop skills in applying critical thinking, analytical techniques and various forms of structured analytical writing and communications. Discuss the role and ethical dimensions of policy analysis in the policy-making process.
Master’s admission requirements
Before you can pursue your master’s degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university.
Learn more about the admission process at Strayer.
Students applying to Washington, D.C., or New Jersey campuses must provide proof of proper immunization.
Transferring to Strayer from another university?
Some or all of the credits you’ve earned may be transferable.
We welcome more than 1,200 international students from more than 110 countries.
We have 50+ campuses to serve you. While most Strayer University campus locations are currently closed due to COVID-19, select campuses have reopened for limited student services. Find an open campus near you.
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Make every credit count
Strayer makes it easy to transfer college credits you already have, up to 28 bachelor’s classes, to help save time and money.
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