Master of Public Affairs

What is the MPA degree?

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) is a professional degree for those interested in a public service career involving governmental operations or public policy.


The MPA degree at Indiana Wesleyan University is an interdisciplinary degree, drawing from the fields of management, political science, economics, law and sociology. Therefore, our online MPA programs focus on diverse areas of public management and public policy in order to equip graduates with public sector knowledge and a wide-ranging practical skill set to address important problems of society or within public sector organizations.

Public Service: Making a Difference

What makes public service careers so unique and rewarding is the emphasis on “making a difference.” Today’s governmental leaders face many challenging issues, including:

  • Securing the United States against the possibility of terrorism
  • Redeveloping decaying urban areas that have experienced economic decline and an increase in crime
  • Transitioning veterans back into society as productive citizens
  • Providing quality education, health care, housing and healthy food to children living in poverty

These kinds of challenges are just one small part of what today’s public sector leaders are tackling in their professional careers. Many public service professionals are involved in providing vital day-to-day services in cities, counties and states. These professionals are continually challenged to provide new and expanding services to meet the demands of an ever-changing population. Because they come face to face with citizens who need their help and assistance, public sector professionals are able to influence the direction of their organizations, guide public policy, and impact the lives of citizens in real and meaningful ways.

If you’re seeking degree completion with a Master of public affairs in Indiana, IWU is committed to:

Program Technology

  • iPad – An Apple iPad is available for purchase through Indiana Wesleyan University. If purchased, students will be charged for the iPad as part of the fees for the first course
  • E-books will be utilized in this graduate program for textbooks

If you are interested in earning your Master’s degree in public affairs online or another related area of specialization, including criminal justice administration, please contact our Christian university at 866-498-4968 for more information about our adult education graduate programs.

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