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Explore the Master of Public Administration MPA degree program offered by Regent online / Virginia.

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Lead in Solving Public Problems

Do you have a head for administration and a heart for building stronger communities? Our online and on-campus Master of Public Administration equips you with executive management skills through hands-on opportunities in public administration analysis and a foundation in constitutional government. Choose from several concentration options and align your MPA degree with your career goals.

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Manage Strategically

Gain tools in budgeting, policymaking, law, communication and management.

Access Faculty Experts

Be mentored by renowned scholars and skilled practitioners.

Become an Exceptional Leader

Regent University’s MPA program equips Christian servant leaders with exceptional character and competence to promote the public interest.

Earn Your MPA in Two, Three or Four Years

Full Time: Four semesters (8 8-week sessions; approximately 9 credits per semester) Part Time: Six to seven semesters part time (12-14 8-week sessions; 2 courses per semester).

Presented from a Christian perspective, this degree is supported by our respected faculty in Virginia Beach. Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report. We have also been recognized as a Military Friendly Top 10 School by Military Friendly®, 2020, and among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional by Military Times, 2020. Experience the Regent difference.

Regent University ranked #24 of Top 25 Best Online Master's in Public Administration Programs

On completing the Master of Public Administration degree, you will be able to:

  • Conduct risk assessments, present findings and develop solutions to build stronger communities.
  • Apply a moral and ethical mindset when addressing and influencing policy.
  • Understand management processes and the roles of local, state and federal government.

Career Opportunities

  • Budget/Finance/Economic Director
  • City/County Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Program Analyst/Manager
  • Public Affairs & Communication
20%
Higher median usual weekly earnings for workers with a master's versus a bachelor's degree

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) – Emergency Management & Homeland Security will equip you with emergency management skills to identify, assess and prepare for potential threats from domestic terrorism to natural disasters.

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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) – General Public Administration will equip you with executive management skills through hands-on opportunities in public administration analysis, case studies and a foundation in constitutional government.

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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) – Nonprofit & Faith-Based Organizations will teach you how to navigate regulations, seize fundraising opportunities and foster key relationships among board members, staff, volunteers and donors.

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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) – Public Leadership & Management will equip you with executive management skills through hands-on opportunities, so you can serve key stakeholders in the public and nonprofit sectors.

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Development of the scholarly writing skills of entering graduate students, including consistent standards in grammar and punctuation, academic style, avoiding plagiarism, and learning to critique academic works.

A comprehensive overview of career management principles and practices to more effectively equip students for employment and career advancement from a Christian worldview perspective.

Qualitative and quantitative reasoning, the basic principles of the philosophy of science, and positivist and reflexivist approaches to knowledge creation.

Offers a biblical perspective of the religious, philosophical, and cultural foundations of Western civilization as expressed in education, law, ethics, biology, politics, science, psychology, sociology, economics and history. It will contrast biblical Christianity with the other principal worldviews in Western civilization: Secular Humanism, Marxism/Leninism and Cosmic Humanism (New Age), and will analyze public policy issues using each worldview.

Covers the basic aspects of various current policy initiatives. Each topic has a class devoted to biblical principles, guest lecturers from experts in the related fields and brief oral reports presented by students.

The history, evolution and modern-day dynamics, policy and issues within human resource management, discussing examples from all three levels of government.

Understanding the development of successful fiscal policy initiatives, the technical material and the political processes involved in making tax and spending policy to interact effectively with other professionals in the development, prosecution and ultimate attainment of a public policy objective. Recommended: complete GOV 602 or equivalent experience to be determined by the instructor.

An in-depth analysis of the history of the discipline of American public administration and a development of several distinct principles of normative administrative theory and Judeo-Christian ethics based upon classics in the field.

Focuses on theories of organizational structure, dynamics, policy and issues within the public organization.

Culminating experience for Performance majors. Public performance in selected instrument/voice.

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21

Note: The application deadline for international applicants applying to attend on campus is March 15.

Prerequisites:

Applicants for the Master of Public Administration must possess an earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign university.

Application Process:

1. Complete Your Online Application

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office for assistance.

2. Pay Your $50 Application Fee

Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

3. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

Unofficial transcripts from a U.S.-based school, indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, can be used for an admissions decision. Email your unofficial transcript to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. See the International Admissions Checklist for details.
*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

4. Complete an Admissions Questionnaire Regarding Your Professional Goals and Interests

5. Submit Your Professional Resume (Optional)

Your professional resume or curriculum vitae should include:

  • Employment history with details of responsibilities, skill sets, and results
  • School, community, and church leadership positions
  • Service activities in which you have been involved
  • Academic and non-academic honors and distinctions you have received

Email your resume to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Master’s Application Pieces.

6. GRE or LSAT Score (Optional)

Test scores may strengthen your application file and improve access to scholarship opportunities. Official scores should be sent directly to Regent University by the testing agency.

7. Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

8. International Applicants

Visit the International Students Admissions page for additional admission requirements and to determine if you qualify as an international student.


Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Public Administration

$675 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students) $700
University Services Fee (Online Students) $550

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Public Administration

$675 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


 

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students) $750
University Services Fee (Online Students) $600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Whether you are a prospective student or a current student, your questions matter. Please take a few moments to skim our Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.

“"If I had to choose one highlight of my time at Regent, it would be my working experience with my professor as a research assistant. Working with him has taught me first-hand how to honor God with my mind."”

Nathan Gill, M.A. in Government, 2013

“Through the MPA program at Regent, I was chosen to participate in the Ph.D. Project ― an award-winning program designed to create diversity in corporate management. I learned that the pursuit of a doctoral degree is a challenging, yet rewarding experience.”

Theresa Judge, MPA, 2017 The Ph.D. Project

“My time at RSG was a rewarding experience! I was enlightened about the various ideas that influence the political, economic, and social agendas of the world. In addition, I built relationships with faculty, staff, and students and benefited from several RSG-sponsored opportunities.”

Takeshia Stokes, M.A., 2010

“Professors give real-life lessons and then connect them with God's purpose for your life in a relevant manner.”

Hannah Bell, M.A., 2012 Nonprofit Organization Leader

“Regent provided valuable internship experiences — from working for a Congressman to work in Iraq with the Kurdish government.”

Jennifer Salcido, M.A., 2012