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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Study Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll be prepared to excel as a high-performing manager in the public sector, social services and health management, urban planning, criminal justice, or education. Boost your résumé with certificates and credentials that showcase sought-after skills to future employers, and build experience through real-world projects guided by experienced faculty. You’ll learn Christ-centered content from world-renowned professors, ready to promote justice and lead transformative change in the world.

Program at a Glance

The School of Business and Management cultivates students' skills, faith, and character to become business leaders who inspire change.

Application Deadline

  • Students are admitted to and can start the MPA program in any of the six sessions during the academic year. The application deadline is approximately three weeks before the start of any session.

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Program Information

  • Program Units: 36
  • Cost per Unit: $680
  • Base Cost: $24,480*

Location

  • Online, Online: Low Residency at Azusa (Main Campus)
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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Implement public policy effectively, responsively, and efficiently.
  • Earn credentials and certificates, showcasing in-demand skills to employers.
  • Advance at your own pace through flexible course scheduling.
  • Learn to promote justice and transformation through a Christ-centered lens.
  • Become skilled in research, writing, and managerial decision-making.

By the Numbers

#6 Nationwide - APU’s online MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship according to Master’s Programs Guide
#48 in California - APU’s MBA program according to UniversityHQ
1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide

 

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Program Details

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program equips graduate students to become competent, confident, and ethical leaders who implement public policy effectively, efficiently, and responsively. Our goal is to develop Christ-centered difference makers in the public-sector environment promoting justice through scholarship and leading transformative practice.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

Students are admitted to and can start the MPA program in any of the six sessions during the academic year. The application deadline is approximately three weeks before the start of any session.

Admission Requirements—Domestic Applicants

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and all postbaccalaureate study


    An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.

Send official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
[email protected]

What to Expect

After all admission materials have been received by the Student Services Center, the faculty or department chair reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is notified in writing of the admission decision.

Eligibility for International Applicants

Please note that international applicants living outside the U.S. may apply using the international applicant admission requirements below. International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are not eligible to apply for the Master of Public Administration at this time.

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).

To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified above.

International applicants must also:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English through a placement test with the Academic Success Center, or through a TOEFL/IELTS score that meets program-specific requirements. Refer to APU’s English proficiency requirements to learn more. Request that official test scores be sent to APU. All other forms of proof indicated in the English proficiency requirements must be submitted directly to International Services.
  • Provide a Graduate Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF) and a bank statement from within the last six months proving financial ability to pay for education costs through personal, family, or sponsor resources.
  • Submit a copy of a valid passport showing biographical data, including your name, country of citizenship, date of birth, and other legal information.
  • Get foreign transcripts evaluated. International credentials (transcripts, certificates, diplomas, and degrees) must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation agency. View our policy and a list of approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agencies.

Send official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
[email protected]

What to Expect

After all admission materials have been received by the Student Services Center, the faculty or department chair reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is notified in writing of the admission decision.

Conditional Admission

No GMAT or GRE score is required for the MPA. Conditional admits (those who have less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA) may need to complete prerequisite courses.

Delivering high-quality graduate programs takes a comprehensive support system. Your investment in an advanced degree includes a complete network of student services and access to a community of faculty and staff who partner with you in your pursuit of your Master of Public Administration.

Tuition
Tuition (per unit) $680
Units 36
Base Program Cost $24,480

Financial Aid

Several types of financial aid are available to graduate students. The resources range from federal loans and state grants to, for some graduate programs, fellowships and scholarships. For details about financial aid available for your program, please contact the Student Services Center at (626) 815-2020.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:


If you have questions, we’re here to help! Connect with a representative who can walk you through the program details and application process.

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Additional Program Contacts

  • School of Business and Management: (626) 812-3085 (phone), (626) 815-2023 (fax), [email protected]
  • Kimberley Garth-James, DPA, program director, [email protected], (916) 840-5006

Center for Public Affairs (Sacramento)

Phone

(916) 840-5006

Mail

Center for Public Affairs (Sacramento)
The Forum Building
1107 9th Street, Suite 301
Sacramento, CA 95814

Student Services Center

Contact (626) 812-3016 or [email protected], and visit apu.edu/ssc for details on the admissions process, financial aid, and class registration.

International Services

International students should contact +1-626-812-3055 or [email protected], and visit apu.edu/international/.

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Featured Faculty

Todd Pheifer

Todd Pheifer

Director of Accreditation, Assessment, and Grants; Associate Professor

Kristina Khederlarian

Kristina Khederlarian

Director, Management; Assistant Professor

David Dunaetz

David Dunaetz

Chair of Leadership, Organizational Psychology, and Public Administration; Professor

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

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Marla Foster Morgan ’22 is making a difference in the lives of foster youth. While she pursued a MPA at APU, Morgan earned a Richter Scholars Research Fellowship which enabled her to research issues affecting transitional aged foster youth.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.
 
*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.
All stated financial information is subject to change. View Tuition tab above.

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