Master of Public Administration

Dordt’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program will equip you with the management and leadership skills you need to thrive in public or nonprofit institutions. The MPA, which is sometimes referred to as the public sector MBA, will give you invaluable experience in program evaluation, public finance, and organizational theory that will be beneficial in a variety of fields including social work, criminal justice, city management, and non-profit work. By earning a degree in Dordt’s MPA program, you will feel equipped to serve others in management positions in a variety of industries.

Drawing on the depth of the Kuyperian tradition that Dordt was founded on, Dordt’s MPA program is not only informed by a deep Christian worldview but is also rooted in a vision of Christian engagement that emphasizes the value of societal institutions.

Dordt offers three emphases: the General emphasis, the Police Administration emphasis, and the Nonprofit Administration emphasis.

Through the MPA program, students will:

  • Develop skills in critical thinking that equip them to analyze structure and direction in the field of public administration

  • Discern their talents, tendencies, and challenges as leaders

  • Understand key theories and trends in organizational leadership and management

  • Be equipped to make wise strategic, tactical, and logistical decisions in managing organizations

  • Uncover the ways worldview and practices inform and shape one another, and

  • Articulate how biblical principles drive sound action in public administration. 

Questions? Call us at 712-722-6308.

Quick Facts

  • Tuition is $500/credit with a one-time Technology Fee of $100. There are no application or registration fees, making our program one of the most affordable master's programs in the country.
  • The MPA program requires 36 credits in a combination of general public administration courses, focused tracks for leaders in criminal justice or non-profit organizations, and electives keyed to some of the most important related issues with which professionals in this field may be challenged.
  • A typical plan of study covers two calendar years with one six-week course at a time in each of the six terms throughout the year (generally starting near the beginning of January, March, May, July, September, and November). A slower pace can allow for program completion in four years.
  • All courses are online with both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities.
  • The MPA program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission.

Program Options



Required/Core Courses: 

  • MPA 501 Introduction to Public Administration (3 credits)
  • MPA 511 Organizational Theory (3 credits)
  • MPA 512 Leadership (3 credits)
  • MPA 513 HR Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 522 Budgeting & Public Finance (3 credits)
  • MPA 531 Quantitative Analysis & Program Evaluation (3 credits)
  • MPA 532 Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • MPA 580 Jurisprudence & Lawmaking (3 credits)

General Track/Electives

  • MPA 514 – Public Relations (3 credits)
  • MPA 515 – Project Management (3 credits)
  • MPA 516 – Crisis Intervention (3 credits)
  • MPA 521 – Government and Bureaucracy (3 credits)

Police Administration Emphasis:

  • MPA 541 Police Administration (3 credits)
  • MPA 542 Evidence & Community-based Policing (3 credits)
  • MPA 543 Advanced Criminal Procedure (3 credits)

Nonprofit Administration Emphasis:

  • MPA 551 Nonprofit Administration (3 credits)
  • MPA 552 Grant Writing & Fundraising (3 credits)
  • MPA 553 Nonprofit Law (3 credits)

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Donald Roth

Donald Roth
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Business Admin

CL 2211
(712) 722-6255

Dr. Abby Foreman

Dr. Abby Foreman
Professor of Social Work

CL 2207
(712) 722-6365

Randy Feenstra

Randy Feenstra
Instructor of Business Administration

CA 306
(712) 722-6353

Dr. Brian Hoekstra

Dr. Brian Hoekstra
Professor of Business Administration
Department Chair

CA 311
(712) 722-6348

Dr. Tom Prinsen

Dr. Tom Prinsen
Professor of Communication

CL 2217
(712) 722-6257

Kari Sandouka

Kari Sandouka
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Department Chair

SB 2611
(712) 722-6252

Dr. Kristin Van De Griend

Dr. Kristin Van De Griend
Assistant Professor/Asst Director of Research & Scholarship

CL 2210
(712) 722-6307