In a time where society is facing unprecedented levels of change and imbalance, the ethics and morals of public servants can make or break a community’s future. Augusta University Online’s NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares socially conscious public service leaders with the skills and principles to cultivate more equitable and resilient communities.

Whether you’re looking to advance your career in government or nonprofit roles, our MPA degree was built to help you reach your potential. Our dedicated, real-world experienced faculty take the time to get to know you and your goals, then help you create an action plan for your success. 

At just $230 per credit hour for in-state students, Augusta’s accredited online MPA program offers high-quality education at an unbeatable value. Are you ready to get the degree you need to make your mark?

Next Application Deadline: July 15


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What You'll Learn

The online MPA program is an applied degree that balances scholarship and practice with the aim to enhance the performance of public and nonprofit professionals by providing them with an interdisciplinary skill set that they can immediately apply in their roles. During your time in the program, coursework will be guided by five core values:

  • Integrity: Emphasizes accountability, honesty, fairness and ethical behavior in personal and professional relationships and activities.

  • Public Service: Inspires faculty and students to engage in public service that reflects the highest ideals of citizenship and service to the community, the nation and the world.

  • Democratic Values: Emphasizes principles that drive democracy, encouraging students to observe and respect the Constitution and the rule of law in service to the public.

  • Professionalism: Develops career-focused skills that  center on competence, excellence, efficiency, objectivity and impartiality.

  • Equity and Diversity: Emphasizes fundamental exercises of authority and responsibility in public administration, tempered by respect for human dignity, fairness and social equity.


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Career Outlook for MPA Graduates

Public servants are invaluable members of our society. Even as the world changes, quality leadership will always be in demand. Upon graduation from the program, you’ll be prepared for a career in economic development, criminal justice, higher education administration, city-county management, emergency management, and many others, with roles such as:

City Manager*

Average Annual Salary: $141,410

Fundraising Manager*

Median Annual Salary: $125,620

Budget Analyst*

Median Annual Salary: $82,260

Urban and Regional Planner*

Median Annual Salary: $79,540

Compliance Officer*

Median Annual Salary: $71,690



*Salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

What Sets Our Online MPA Program Apart


Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the online degree is part of the elite 60 percent of accredited MPA programs nationally, ensuring a quality education with a widespread reputation.

Hands-On Learning

The online program provides transformative learning through service, internships, and interactive, experiential, and collaborative projects, fostering real-world skills for impactful public service careers.

Nonprofit Certificate

Students have the option to earn a nonprofit certificate as part of their degree program, allowing them to specialize their education toward their interests.

Community Feel

AU has the tight-knit community feel of a small private school while also delivering the research capabilities, funding and world-class faculty of a large public institution.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the online MPA program, the following items must be submitted along with your application:

  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended, showing that you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, with a GPA above 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • Three formal letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States.
    • Acceptance to Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified.
    • ALL applicants who are U.S. citizens must submit documentation that verifies their lawful presence in the United States at the time of application to

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About Augusta University Online

Augusta University Online brings the tight-knit community experience and research opportunities found on campus to students across the country. Small class sizes, engaged professors, strong relationships with a multitude of professional organizations and valuable input from subject matter experts across industries allow our graduate degrees to provide students with individualized attention and practical, real-world skills. One of the country’s top universities for improving economic outcomes for low- and moderate-income graduates, Augusta University Online gives students a truly transformative degree experience that allows them to make a profound impact on their lives.

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