Public Administration, MPA (Public Policy)

Master of Public Administration Degree with a Concentration in Public Policy

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 39
  • $375.00
  • $617.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Master of Public Administration program offers a concentration in Public Policy which is designed to develop the key skills necessary to design, implement, analyze and evaluate public policy. 

Students of the Public Administration, MPA (Public Policy) program will gain skills to: 

  • Develop, implement and evaluate public policy. 
  • Design strategies that are mutually beneficial to constituencies ranging from the most vulnerable to the most affluent populations.
  • Protect natural resources, build cities and lead communities.
  • Become a steward of the democratic way of life.

The Public Policy Concentration provides a foundation for understanding the policy process and gaining policy-relevant skills such as policy analysis, policy evaluation, strategic planning and research methods.

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

  • High-quality curriculum from a distinguished, accredited university.
  • Low tuition from a convenient, accessible location.
  • Faculty members regarded as national and international scholars and leaders in the field of public administration. 
  • Flexible coursework offered 100% online, allowing for personal and skill development on a schedule that is conducive to busy professionals. 
  • A community of scholars and practitioners who share a deep commitment to effective teaching and rigorous research on public administration. 

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

Specific job titles may include: 

  • City Director
  • Policy Manager
  • Urban Planning and Development Director
  • Public Affairs Director

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

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.