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Online Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

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Earn an Online Master of Public Administration from EOU

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  • Duration 2 years
  • Cost per Credit $537
  • Credit Hours 60

Program Benefits

  • Transfer up to 15 credit hours
  • Unique rural-informed curriculum with a global perspective
  • Flexible coursework allows you to complete your degree at your own pace

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Meet the Needs and Issues of Your Community with an Online M.P.A.

EOU’s M.P.A. program offers a rural-informed curriculum that stems from its roots in rural Oregon. Through a “local-to-global” perspective, our program will prepare you to connect communities the wider world. You’ll get the hands-on experience you need through team collaboration and optional internships. In addition to online coursework, there are optional on-campus learning opportunities through elective courses offered in coordination with EOU’s Regional Outreach and Innovation Centers in Oregon. Throughout the program, you’ll have the opportunity to use Geographic Information System (GIS) software and learn through fieldwork and research projects.

Our transfer policy allows you to transfer up to 15 credits into the program. Students completing our B.S./B.A in Politics, Policy and Public Administration degree have the option to apply 15 credits of undergraduate courses to their M.P.A.

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Make an Impact with a Career in Public Administration

Students who graduate with a master’s in public administration degree have the opportunity to move into leadership roles in a variety of growing careers. For example, employment of urban and regional planners is expected to grow seven percent between 2020 and 2030.1 Find out what roles you’ll be prepared for with an M.P.A. degree..

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Real-World Coursework on Your Schedule

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Gain public service skills

Courses cover a broad range of public administration knowledge, including public policy studies, budgeting, personnel management, land use planning, legislative advocacy and environmental policy and administration. You’ll have access to optional hands-on learning opportunities, such as fieldwork, research projects and collaborative team exercises. In addition, there are optional on-campus learning opportunities through elective courses offered in coordination with EOU’s Regional Outreach and Innovation Centers in Oregon.

Some courses include:

  • Research Methods for Public Administrators
  • Political Communication
  • Rural Governance
  • Intergovernmental Relations
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Apply to Earn Your Online Public Administration Degree

15 transfer credits

No entrance exams

To apply for EOU’s M.P.A. program, you’ll need:

A completed application
Application fee
A four-year baccalaureate degree, a professional degree or an appropriate alternative degree from a regionally
A 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
Three letters of recommendation
A statement of purpose
Official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
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Pursue An Affordable Master’s-Level Education

$537 per credit

$32,220 total estimated tuition, not including fees

Financial aid available

The team at EOU is dedicated to making sure your degree is affordable. Find out more about tuition and fees.

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Learn More About Your Financial Aid Options

Your education is an investment in your future. We take your commitment seriously and are here to support you in finding ways to pay for your degree.

Options to consider are:

  • Loans
  • Scholarships
  • Employer Benefits
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What You’ll Learn

In our online M.P.A. program, you’ll gain skills to connect your community to the wider world through public service. Students will have numerous opportunities to build a broad range of public administration skills throughout the program.

Program Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Lead and manage in public governance.
  • Participate in and contribute to the policy process in a variety of settings.
  • Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective.
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

What It’s Like To Study Online

Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore answers to common questions about the Master of Public Administration online program. For information not covered here, you can visit our FAQ page.

The Master of Public Administration can be completed in just two years. View our curriculum.

Currently the M.P.A. program does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

  • Complete the FAFSA® to determine financial aid eligibility. EOU’s FAFSA® code is 003193.
  • Apply for a Sallie Mae loan.

No, there are no entrance exams required. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

The first step is to start your application.

The program is only available online. This allows you to study in the times and locations that are best for you throughout your entire program without a requirement of ever coming to campus. There are optional on-campus learning opportunities through elective courses offered in coordination with EOU’s Regional Outreach and Innovation Centers in Oregon.

Our graduates pursue careers as policy analysts, community development managers and more at local, state and federal levels. Explore careers.

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  1. Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Retrieved February 16, 2022,