Meet the increasing needs of your community with an advanced degree from Dordt University, the Christian university known for student engagement. This program provides solid, credible expertise to professionals working in the public and non-profit sectors.
Courses are100% online with both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities and are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
Dordt University is the highest-ranked university in Iowa, according to the "Regional Universities (Midwest)" ranking by 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. Dordt is the highest-ranked institution within the Great Plains Athletic Conference as well.
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
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 coursework of either the General Administration, Police Administration or Nonprofit Administration emphases.
MPA 541 Public Relations
MPA 515 Project Management
MPA 516 Crisis Intervention
MPA 521 Government and Bureaucracy
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.
MPA 542 Contemporary Policing
MPA 543 Advanced Criminal Procedure
*choose two additional courses from the general administration or nonprofit administration emphases.
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.
MPA 552 Grant Writing and Fundraising
MPA 553 Nonprofit Law
*choose two additional courses from either of the general administration, police administration, or nonprofit administration emphases.
“With Dordt’s Reformed perspective, students will identify and analyze current structures and trends in light of God’s Word.”
–Dr. Abby Foreman, co-director of the program
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Tuition and Fees
Cost to complete Dordt's MPA program:
Total Cost: $20,160
Tuition: 36 credits at $560/credit = $20,160
Technology Fee: $100
Program completion fee: $100
About Dordt University
Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt University is a Christian university committed to helping you serve in the real world—right now, today.
The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have consistently ranked Dordt #1 in student engagement. So you know you can expect to experience a Christian community that builds you up and pushes you to grow when you begin your graduate studies at Dordt University.
Dordt, a Christian university in Sioux Center, Iowa, has been ranked a top college in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report and Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education. Dordt draws students from all over the country and the world. As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life.