Public Administration, MPA (Local Government)

Master of Public Administration Degree with a Concentration in Local Government

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 39
  • $375.00
  • $617.00

Program Overview

The online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a concentration in Local Government which prepares graduates for a career in public service. 

Local governments provide the most essential of public services, such as health and safety, transportation, sanitation, environment and utilities. Public administrators play a critical role in the delivery of these services and the management of local government organizations. 

Students of the online Public Administration, MPA (Local Government) program gain skills to: 

  • Develop competencies to work in public service and succeed in this level of government.
  • Plan and implement innovative, efficient and effective strategies affecting constituencies ranging from the most vulnerable to the most affluent populations.
  • Make tough decisions regarding the allocation of resources while ensuring social equity.
  • Protect natural resources, build cities and lead communities. Become a steward of the democratic way of life.

Students choose the online Master of Public Administration program because of the:

  • High-quality curriculum from a distinguished, accredited university.
  • Faculty members regarded as national and international scholars and leaders in the field of public administration who share a deep commitment to effective teaching and rigorous research.
  • Opportunities for internships and networking with city administrators.
  • Coursework offered through the UNO Urban Studies program.
  • Low tuition from a convenient, accessible location.
  • Flexible coursework offered 100% online, allowing for personal and skill development on a schedule that is conducive to busy professionals.

Career Outlook: In today's working world, an advanced degree is essential. A degree in public administration prepares graduates for leadership positions in state and local government, health care administration, nonprofit management and human resources management. According to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, graduate education is expected to continue giving persons working or seeking careers in the public and nonprofit sectors a competitive edge. 

This program is ideal for professionals looking to work in areas such as:

  • Public service
  • Health care management
  • Federal, state and local government 
  • Nonprofit management 
  • Human resource management

Career paths may include: 

  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Local Government Manager
  • City Management
  • Staff Assistant
  • City Council Officer
  • City Manager
  • Staff Assistant
  • Program Specialist
  • Planner
  • Policy Analyst

More about the Public Administration, MPA:

The mission of the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is to strengthen the public service in a democratic and diverse society by educating students to manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically and democratically. The MPA degree is the recognized graduate degree for professionals in public service. 

A master's degree in Public Administration is more than a professional degree. It's a gateway to transforming society through a career in public service. The mission of the program is to strengthen public service in a democratic, yet diverse society by educating students who manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically and democratically. 

The online MPA offers several concentrations, including:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Local Government
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Management
  • Public Policy

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Previous work experience

  4. Taken the GRE

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

    What are the factors in your background that will help us understand your interest in a profession in the public or nonprofit sectors? What are your professional goals? Ten years from now, what do you hope to be doing professionally? How can an MPA from UNO help you to achieve these goals?

  7. 2 letters of recommendation

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Robert Blair, Ph.D.

Robert Blair has published numerous research articles and has also contributed chapters to several public policy texts. He has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five monographs, applied research studies and professional management publications. Blair works closely with Nebraska city managers and administrators, and the International City County Management Association on educational, applied research and professional development issues and has provided technical assistance to many communities and public agencies over the years.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJun 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01