Capella University

MPA - Public Policy and Governance


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MPA - Public Policy and Governance

Format: Online

Program Description:

Focus on tools and methods of policy analysis, while strengthening your communication skills in a collaborative setting, with Capella University's online Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public Policy and Governance.  You can earn your degree in as little as 18 months with the ability to transfer up to 25% of your program from previous graduate work. Moreover, this program allows you to save time and money by demonstrating your knowledge through a prior learning assessment.

Capella’s core MPA courses focus on all facets of public administration that, combined with your chosen specialization, give you comprehensive knowledge to excel in your career no matter which direction you go. People who choose this degree often pursue public policy leadership positions, assess public policy initiatives, or are considering a career change in the public policy sector.

Capella is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)-- a global standard in public service education--ensuring your degree is highly recognized and respected in the public administration field.

Providing a curriculum designed around national standards—including those from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)—and based on input from employers and industry experts, Capella constructs each course and assignment to deliver career-relevant competencies, providing you with skills immediately applicable to your career such as:
• Learning strategic management and planning processes.
• Analyzing policy-maker models to evaluate the effect of programs on societal problems.
• Gaining in-depth understanding of the collaborative governance structure that enables public organizations to meet or exceed program initiative goals.

Common careers with a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy and Governance include program analyst, government affairs executive, research associate, urban planner, program coordinator, public service manager or director, city manager, chief administrative officer, county commissioner, and political scientist. 

Capella Education Company was named one of Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” for 2014 (Forbes, 2014).


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Capella participates in Federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide info on other non-federal loan programs.

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