Online Master of Public Administration
Criminal Justice

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Overview of the Online Master of Public Administration Program

Set your sights on government, non-profit, and other public-facing offices.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a fully online graduate program that shows you how to maximize your impact in your community by building management and planning skills for a public service career. The MPA program allows you to customize your education to your area of interest with specializations available in criminal justice, non-profit leadership, and public management. From public policy to non-profit fundraising, you’ll build knowledge for the work you’re called to do.

  • 100% online program
  • Complete the program in approximately 18 months
  • Position yourself to advance your government, non-profit, or criminal justice career

You’ll Learn To…

  • Lead and manage people and processes in public governance
  • Facilitate positive outcomes through the policy process
  • Interact and communicate effectively with a diverse workforce and population
  • Integrate your faith and biblical perspectives as you evaluate and execute public policy

Career Options

  • Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies
  • Public Policy
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Military Career Advancement
  • Consulting


36 Total
$559/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


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


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


Capstone Course



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.
Transfer of Credits
  • Credit may be transferred in from a regionally accredited institution (maximum of six hours) for any core or specialization course except for POL-587. The curriculum will be completed in the order established by Indiana Wesleyan University. Indiana Wesleyan University reserves the right to modify the curriculum as necessary.


The Master of Public Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


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

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023