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Public Administration Degrees and Certificates

Follow your calling to serve your community through the Tulane School of Professional Advancement's public administration program. Our program consists of an online Master of Public Administration (MPA), graduate certificates, and concentrations spanning topics such as economic development, education leadership, nonprofit management, natural disaster community preparation, and environmental management.

Develop as a civic sector leader and obtain valuable expertise and knowledge through our renowned program. By earning a public administration degree or graduate certificates from Tulane SoPA, you'll build upon your professional and volunteer experiences while developing your potential for greatness through public service.

Master's Degree Program

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Master of Public Administration 

Graduate Certificate Programs

With our online graduate certificates, you can work toward completing your Master of Public Administration on your schedule. Take four courses and earn credits that you can use for a master's degree. Browse the graduate certificates in our program.

Economic Development

Environmental Management and Resilience

K-12 Education Leadership

Nonprofit and Strategic Philanthropy Management

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Work Toward a Career Rooted in Your Passions

You can play a direct role in influencing positive change in the world around you with the tools in our public administration program courses. Navigate and understand the challenges posed by the economic development process, gain the skills to become a successful nonprofit leader, and equip yourself to address critical issues impacting the world around you.

When you enter the field of public administration, you become part of a diverse, expansive field with a variety of career opportunities. Prepare for roles in nonprofits, government, education, or private organizations that help impact your community for the better. Our program covers an extensive range of today's most pressing topics—specialize in your area of interest and prepare for an array of exciting and meaningful work environments.

Gain real-world, relevant experience throughout your program to prepare for various public service roles, including:

  • Local, state, and federal government manager
  • Urban planning support
  • Policy-maker
  • Economic indicator data analyst
  • Nonprofit management
  • Policy research analyst at a government, nonprofit, or private consulting firm
  • Education administrator or policy development
  • Environmental analyst
  • Disaster management services manager
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Community relations specialist


Work With Instructors in Local and National Leadership Roles

Our program faculty brings decades of on-the-ground, impactful work throughout the local and national community to the classroom. Learn from leaders with influential roles and experience in the nonprofit sector, education, law, economics, philanthropy, infrastructure development, and more. Our public administration instructors are committed to helping you develop as a critical thinker and leader while promoting a more equitable society.

At Tulane SoPA, mentorship goes beyond the classroom. Build a strong professional network with both your classmates and instructors that extends throughout your career.

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Get to Know Our Hands-On, Flexible Online Program

We want to make going back to school as manageable as possible—earn your MPA or any of our public administration graduate certificates 100% online. Our programs are catered to working adults, giving you the flexibility to earn your degree or certificates without sacrificing your personal and professional life. Access lecture notes and course materials any time and anywhere with our asynchronous online curriculum and connect with classmates via online discussion boards.

Although our public administration degrees and certificates are offered completely online, we're proud to use the city of New Orleans as an excellent model of community resilience and civic modernization in education, environmental management, public safety, and economic development within our curriculum. Students attend an in-person residency toward the end of the program that allows them to network with classmates, Tulane faculty and the local community.

Browse our public administration program's YouTube playlist to learn about potential career pathways and applying to Tulane SoPA.


Public Administration Program Partnerships

Our program is proud to partner with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Members of NLC are eligible to receive up to six credits and discounted tuition upon completing the "Leading Through Disruption" program. Contact our program director, Dr. Halima Leak-Francis, for more information.

Take the next step with the Tulane School of Professional Advancement. Our university consistently ranks among the top 40 universities by U.S. News & World Report, and we're proud to offer a progressive, flexible approach to going back to school. All of our programs were designed with working adults in mind, which is why we offer copious career development resources to prepare our students for success beyond graduation day. Start your application today to begin the enrollment process for next semester.

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