Public Administration

Program details

Credits required: Pre-career: 42, In-career: 39

Location Format   
Kalamazoo* Face-to-face
Lansing Hybrid

*Kalamazoo based program with courses offered at other listed locations. Lansing meets on weekends during the semester

Industry highlights

Employment in state and local government is expected to grow 8.4 percent from 2008 to 2018. Prospects with managerial experience will have better opportunities as a growing number of managers are expected to retire in the coming decade.Bureau of Labor Statistics

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Public management perfected

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program provides a foundation in the principles of public administration, addresses the practical responsibilities of the public manager and reflects on the task of administrative leadership. The MPA curriculum emphasizes evaluating the administrative environment and addresses the economic, cultural, historical and political environment in which a student's agency operates.

MPA mission

The mission of the MPA program is to integrate research, teaching and service in a manner than enhances leadership skills, administrative capacities and management practices in local, state and national public-serving organizations.

Available MPA concentrations

Whether you want to work in administration within the nonprofit, governmental or health care sectors, one of the following concentrations will allow you to target your studies to specific career interests:

  • Health Care Administration *
  • Human Resources Administration *
  • Joint Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor (MPA/JD) 
  • Nonprofit Leadership and Administration
  • Public Management 

*only offered in Kalamazoo

Nationally accredited

Western Michigan University's School of Public Affairs and Administration is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

WMU made its 23rd consecutive appearance in the U.S. News & World Report's 2014 ranking of "best national universities."

Career opportunities

During the past 40 years, the SPAA has graduated more than 2,600 women and men who hold leadership positions in federal, state, and local governments, health care and social services organizations, nonprofit agencies and academic institutions.


MPA courses are offered at the Kalamazoo campus and the Lansing regional location of Western Michigan University.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.

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