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We’re proud to work with the National League of Cities University (NLCU) to provide municipal leaders from across the country with valuable educational experiences. The NLCU is an executive education and leadership development initiative developed by the National League of Cities to help municipal leaders – both elected and appointed – build the skills they need to better govern, serve and advocate for their communities.

This partnership presents an opportunity - especially for students working in local governments, to grow practical skills and technical knowledge needed to better serve their communities. NLC members who complete the “Leading Through Disruption” program are eligible to receive up to six credits toward an MPA from Tulane SoPA, as well as discounted tuition. For more information, contact the MPA program director, Dr. Halima Leak-Francis.

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Partnership Benefits

  • Save time and money: Admitted applicants can receive up to six graduate-level course credits towards an MPA degree at Tulane SoPA, a savings of over $6,000 and are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition.
  • Accelerate your career: The Tulane SoPA MPA taps into a wealth of knowledge from working experts in public policy, economic development, housing, education, and environmental management. Learn from local and national leaders who can directly connect you with valuable, real-world experience and help you build professional networks that may benefit you throughout your career.
  • Flexibility to earn your master’s degree from anywhere: Our programs are designed with your work schedule and busy home life in mind. Courses are 100% online and combine synchronous and asynchronous elements.


To begin the enrollment process, you must start an application for admission to the Tulane SoPA MPA program and request official transcripts from all of your previous colleges and universities.

Request that your previous institutions forward electronic transcripts to If electronic transcripts are not available, official transcripts in unopened envelopes from the institution may be mailed to:

SoPA Admissions
800 E. Commerce Rd.
Suite 100
Harahan, LA 70123

Once you have been accepted and we receive your transcripts, an academic advisor will work with you to determine your transferable credits from NLCU. If you would like to learn more about the Tulane School of Professional Advancement's partnership with the NLCU, request more information or contact the MPA program director, Dr. Halima Leak-Francis.