Master of Public Administration

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Through Dordt’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, you'll gain the leadership skills you need to thrive in a public or nonprofit setting. The MPA, 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. Plus, the MPA program is 100% online. 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:

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Through the MPA program, You will:

  • Develop skills in critical thinking that will equip you to analyze structure and direction in the field of public administration
  • Discern your talents, tendencies, and challenges as a leader
  • 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.

Frequently asked Questions

What are the admissions requirements for the MPA program?

To learn more, visit our admissions requirement page.

How many credits are required for Dordt's MPA program?

The MPA program requires 36 credits. The courses are a combination of general public administration courses, emphasis-specific courses, and electives that deal with relevant, challenging issues.

How long does it take to complete the MPA program?

A typical plan of study takes about two years to complete, with students taking one 7-week course at a time. Some opt for a slower pace, completing the program in four years.

How much does Dordt's MPA program cost?

Tuition is $540 per credit, with a one-time technology fee of $100. There are no application or registration fees. For more information, please visit our tuition and fees page.

Are all the MPA courses 100% online?

Yes, all courses are 100% online, with both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities.

Tell me more about the program's accreditation.

The MPA program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission.

Program Options

Courses are offered in 7-week terms throughout the year. Fill out the form above for more information about the courses in this program!

Required courses For all emphases

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

  • Ideal if you are looking to work in government administration at the local, state, or federal level.
  • Providing flexibility, this emphasis will allow you to choose a combination of four specialized courses of either the General Administration, Police Administration or Nonprofit Administration emphases.

Courses

  • MPA 541 Public Relations
  • MPA 515 Project Management
  • MPA 516 Crisis Intervention
  • MPA 521 Government and Bureaucracy
  • MPA 551 Nonprofit Administration and Organizational Theory
Police Administration

law enforcement officers on the job

  • Will prepare you for a management role in law enforcement.
  • Unlike a master’s degree in criminal justice, which typically focuses on theoretical knowledge, Dordt’s MPA program focuses on practical skills such as hiring employees, managing budgets, evaluating programs, and shaping institutional culture. 

Courses

  • MPA 542 Contemporary Policing
  • MPA 543 Advanced Criminal Procedure

*Students will choose two additional courses from the general administration or nonprofit administration emphases.

Nonprofit Administration

  • Will prepare you for management roles in nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
  • Through this program, you will gain vital skills for nonprofit work, such as grant writing and nonprofit law.

Courses

  • MPA 552 Grant Writing and Fundraising
  • MPA 553 Nonprofit Law

*Students will choose two additional courses from the general administration emphases.

Police Administration Emphasis 

The Police Administration emphasis will prepare you for a management role in law enforcement. Unlike a master's degree in criminal justice, which typically focuses on theoretical knowledge, Dordt's MPA program focuses on practical skills such as hiring employees, managing budgets, evaluating programs, and shaping institutional culture. Also, as bachelor's degrees become more common in law enforcement, having a master's degree like an MPA is an important asset for those seeking to work in federal law enforcement, especially with agencies like the FBI. 

Nonprofit Administration Emphasis 

The Nonprofit Administration emphasis will prepare you for management roles in nonprofit organizations of all sizes. Through this program, you will gain vital skills for nonprofit work, such as grant writing and nonprofit law.

General Administration Emphasis 

If you are looking to develop leadership skills with a public service focus, then the general emphasis might be a good fit for you. The general emphasis is ideal if you are looking to work in government administration at the local, state, or federal level. Providing flexibility, the general emphasis will allow you to combine some of the specialized coursework of either the Police Administration or Nonprofit Administration emphases.

Donald Roth

Donald Roth
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Business Admin

CL 2243
(712) 722-6255
Donald.Roth@dordt.edu

Dr. Abby Foreman

Dr. Abby Foreman
Professor of Social Work

CL 2207
(712) 722-6365
Abby.Foreman@dordt.edu

Dr. Brian Hoekstra

Dr. Brian Hoekstra
Professor of Business Administration
Department Chair

CA 311
(712) 722-6348
Brian.Hoekstra@dordt.edu

Dr. Tom Prinsen

Dr. Tom Prinsen
Professor of Communication
Department Chair

CL 1113
(712) 722-6257
Tom.Prinsen@dordt.edu

Dr. Kari Sandouka

Dr. Kari Sandouka
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Department Chair

SB 2611
(712) 722-6252
Kari.Sandouka@dordt.edu