Online Master of Public Administration (MPA)

“We understand that [students] want an academic degree that’s going to propel them to the next level in their career.”

- Dr. Wendy L. Hassett


Overview of the Master of Public Administration Online Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a 36-credit-hour program consisting of a 24-credit-hour core plus a 12-credit-hour specialization. With a strong emphasis on social responsibility and civic engagement, the MPA program at Indiana Wesleyan University gives students the skills necessary to effectively and compassionately confront the challenges of today’s diverse populations. It prepares students to assume leadership and management roles in local, state, and federal levels of government, and similar roles in non-profit organizations. The curriculum emphasizes the skills necessary for ethical and efficient public management, including planning, policy analysis, and decision-making.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and manage in public governance.
  • Participate in the policy process to facilitate positive outcomes.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to solve problems and make decisions within the public administration context.
  • Articulate a public service perspective.
  • Apply the practices of productive communication and interaction with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
  • Integrate biblical perspectives into the evaluation and execution of administrative processes involved in today’s public sector organizations.


  • Criminal Justice
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Public Management

Off-Campus Library Services

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.


Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
36 Total $559/ credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our Financial Aid Web site, or e-mail

Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Core Courses



Specialization Courses

Criminal Justice


Non-Profit Leadership


Public Management



Capstone Experience




Below are the lists of requirements for the Master of Public Administration program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), verified on official transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed. If an applicant's GPA is below 2.5, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the college.

Program Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete POL 521 (minimum grade of "C") in order to continue in the program.
  • Students must successfully complete all core and specialization courses prior to taking the capstone course.

Graduation Requirements

  • All credits required in the curriculum sequence with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of "C" in each course. A grade of "C-" or below will require the course to be repeated.
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all IWU graduate work.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required in order to receive a diploma.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a College of Adult and Professional Studies course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Transfer of Credits

Credit may be allowed for courses equivalent in content, credit hours, and course title, except for the POL 521 and the Capstone course. Only coursework completed at a regionally accredited institution is acceptable for transfer credit. A maximum of six (6) credit hours of equivalent course work may be transferred in to meet program requirements.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the MPA program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.

Careers for the MPA Graduate

The MPA program prepares students to work in leadership and management roles at many different organizations that serve the public good. There are thousands of different career paths students can choose from once they have earned their MPA degree.

As local, state, or federal employees, MPA graduates manage city departments, conduct policy research, evaluate or implement public policy, draft legislation, develop alternative strategies aimed at addressing public sector problems, develop and administer budgets, and advocate for public services.

Today's public sector involves a complex organizational network that includes more than just government. Whereas a career in public service once meant only governmental employment, today the connections among and between governments, nonprofits, private sector companies, and universities are stronger than ever. Therefore, professionals with MPA degrees are found in many different kinds of organizations that intersect with government at some level. For example, many private sector companies such as consulting firms and corporations that contract with government agencies need MPA graduates who are well-versed with governmental operations and industry-specific policies.

Since local, state and federal governments as well as private sector companies hire those with an MPA degree, career possibilities for MPA graduates are endless.

Job Prospects

Examples of jobs available to MPA graduates.

  • Assistant City Manager
  • Assistant to the Mayor
  • Municipal Chief Administrative Officer
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Director of Public Works
  • Governmental Liaison
  • Research Associate
  • Legislative aide
  • Public Policy Researcher/Analyst/Associate
  • Lobbyist
  • Consultant
  • Budget Analyst
  • Municipal Clerk
  • Court Clerk
  • Procurement Officer

The MPA degree is designed to develop in students the professional skills necessary to confront society's most important problems. Rooted in the social science disciplines, the MPA degree builds knowledge and understanding of public service as well as the effective management of public organizations, ultimately providing flexibility in terms of career choices based on each student's individual strengths and interests.