Public Administration

Program details

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

Location Format
Kalamazoo* Face-to-face
Grand Rapids Hybrid

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

Industry highlights

From 2018-2028, employment in state government is expected to grow 3.1% and local government is expected to grow 5.1%. Prospects with managerial experience will have better opportunities as a growing number of managers are expected to retire in the coming decade.Emsi state and local government Industry Overview

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Public and nonprofit management perfected

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program provides students with broad understanding of theories, best practices, and methodological skills needed to be effective leaders in public and nonprofit organizations. Our graduates lead and manage a diverse range of government, nonprofit, and health care organizations and make positive impacts on the lives of citizens locally, nationally, and globally.

MPA mission

The mission of the MPA program is to improve the quality of public service by developing professionals and leaders equipped with knowledge and skills in theories, methodologies, and innovative practice in the interdisciplinary field of public administration.

Available MPA concentrations

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

  • Health Care Administration *
  • Human Resources Administration
  • Nonprofit Leadership and Administration
  • Public Management

* Concentration courses 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 makes continuing appearances in the U.S. News & World Report's 2014 ranking of "Best National Universities," with the MPA program also ranked as one of the "Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs."


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 Grand Rapids 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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