Online Master of Public Administration and Leadership

John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Make your mark on the world as a public service leader with the online Master of Public Administration and Leadership (MPAL) from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. This 100% online, 32-credit-hour public affairs graduate program prepares mid-career professionals to lead their teams, organizations and communities to a better world 

Earn your MPAL in as little as two years, while continuing to work full time, so you can immediately apply your new skills to lead change in your organization. 

Customize your education with specialization tracks that will help you achieve your professional goals, enhance your leadership skills, and collaborate with a diverse group of professionals as you work together to solve the challenges of today and tomorrow.  

Campus Requirements: NONE - 100% online 

Class Format: Asynchronously and synchronously. Learn more about these different class formats.  

Credit Hours Required: 32 

Cost Per Credit Hour: $812.07 (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Time to Completion: 5-9 semesters 

Admission Requirements:  

  • 3+ years of significant post-baccalaureate experience 

  • Statement of purpose 

  • Resume or CV 

  • 3 letters of recommendation 

  • College transcript(s) 

  • Bachelor’s degree 

Application Deadlines: 

  • Autumn 2024: June 15, 2024*
  • Spring 2025: Nov. 1, 2024*

*U.S. Applicants

Kim Young
Dr. Kim Young
Lecturer, Online Course Developer
"I value the diversity of the MPAL online learning community. Engaging students from different places and experiences enriches learning."

Program Tracks

Tailor your experience to meet your professional goals with one of our four specialization tracks.

Public Management & Leadership

Courses include:

  • Strategic Management
  • Contract Management
  • Performance Management
  • Project Management

Criminal Justice Administration & Policy

Courses include:

  • Administration of Criminal Justice Policy
  • Evidence Based Practice in Criminal Justice
  • Offender Decision Making and Prisoner Reentry
  • Criminal Justice Policy

Public Policy

Courses include:

  • Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Business Government Relations
  • Risk and Decision Analysis in Public Affairs

Nonprofit Management

Courses currently only available in person:

  • Nonprofit Management and Governance
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Fundraising and Philanthropy for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Grant Writing


Sample Courses


Introduction to Public Affairs/Orientation to Program

This course prepares students for their roles as action-oriented administrators, managers and leaders within a democratic system of governance.

Managerial Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Management of public sector organizations with focus on internal operations, processes, and resources; human resource management, information technology; other aspects of internal capacity.

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