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About the Master of Public Administration Program at TROY

Leaders, especially those in public service and government, need to be prepared for today’s interconnected world. From management to global competence, public leadership requires a robust skill set. Troy University’s Master of Public Administration program equips you with that skill set. At TROY, you’ll develop your abilities to manage people, places and budgets within a global context, training to become an impactful, effective public leader in the United States and abroad.

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“The MPA program at TROY provides an inclusive environment, flexibility and the ability to gain hands-on experience through internships. You will tackle real-world scenarios in the classroom and learn how to apply what you have learned to solve the issues at hand. If you are looking for a place where you will be challenged to think critically, receive support from faculty members and develop valuable leadership skills, this is the program for you.”
Ashley Rodgers | 2020 graduate, Master’s in Public Administration

A Focus on Global Leadership and Perspectives

An MPA degree from TROY gives you the skills you need to serve in executive leadership in the public and government sectors, including human resource management, policy analysis, grant writing and budget development and management. However, what truly sets our program apart is its emphasis on global competence and multicultural perspectives. 

In TROY’s MPA degree program, you’ll hear a wide variety of perspectives from across the globe and learn public leadership skills for both domestic and international leadership. You’ll also be encouraged to bring your lived experience into the classroom to share new perspectives with your peers.

An MPA Program That Meets Your Needs

Whether you want to earn your MPA degree pre-service, in-service, full-time or part-time, TROY’s Master of Public Administration program offers the flexibility to earn your degree in the format and timeframe that works best for you. You can also earn your MPA online, on campus in Montgomery or Atlanta or in a blended format — in as little as 15 months. 

Regardless of the format you choose at TROY, you’ll benefit from small class sizes, individual faculty attention and program affordability. To prepare you for MPA program coursework, TROY can also help connect you with internship opportunities if you don’t have experience in public service, government or nonprofit settings. Whether you’re just starting your public service career or looking to transition into upper management positions, you’ll find a place at TROY.
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Master of Public Administration Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, your coursework will include topics related to policy, global contexts, and organizational leadership. TROY’s MPA program courses include:
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Master of Public Administration Program Locations

Earn your MPA online. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

Public Health Administration Certificate

At TROY, you’ll also have the opportunity to advance your public service career by earning a Public Health Administration Certificate. Our public health certificate program enhances your understanding of public health management, legal issues, policy development, marketing, emergency management and more.

You can earn your public health certificate on its own or along with the master’s degree in public administration. Whether you want to develop new skills for public service or grow in your current role, the public health certificate program helps you build a strong foundation in health administration.

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Master’s in Public Administration Careers

Jobs for MPA graduates include a variety of leadership positions in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Your MPA degree also qualifies you to work in local, national and international government roles.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Michael Guo-Brennan

Dr. Michael Guo-Brennan

Dr. Michael Guo-Brennan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at TROY. In his courses, his teaching focuses on global competency in public administration, public/nonprofit policy and administration, organizational leadership, ethics in public administration, migration and more.
Dr. Michael O. Slobodchikoff

Dr. Michael O. Slobodchikoff

Michael O. Slobodchikoff, PhD, Professor of Political Science, is founding director of the Center for Eastern and Central European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at Troy University. He specializes in Russian security, international conflict, and peace. He is a regular contributor to BBC World News and Asharq Al-Awsat News.

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FAQs About the MPA Program

Learn more about public service and TROY’s Master of Public Administration degree.
What is an MPA?
An MPA, or Master of Public Administration, is a graduate-level professional degree that prepares you for leadership roles in the public, government and private sectors. Master of Public Administration programs cover subjects such as public policy, management, communication, human resources and ethics.
What can I do with a master’s in public administration?

An MPA degree offers you numerous opportunities in local, national and international settings. Jobs for MPA graduates include: 

  • Public Administrator 
  • Nonprofit Manager/Director
  • City Manager
  • Community Service Manager
  • Budget Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Consultant
  • Immigrant Support Specialist
  • Veterans' Services Administrator
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Grants Manager
What does a public administrator do?
A public administrator works for nonprofit organizations or in the government at the state or federal level in a variety of positions. They can also work in global positions at the United Nations, humanitarian agencies and other international organizations. Master’s in public administration careers also include the public and private sectors.

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Launch a Career in Public Service with an MPA

Interested in pursuing a career in public service? Troy University’s MPA online programs will help you develop the in-demand skills you need.

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