Master of Public Administration


Mission statement

NASPAA Accredited - The Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation

The mission of the University of Delaware's Master of Public Administration program is to provide, diverse, talented graduate students with specific competencies for leadership and management, including the knowledge, skills and values essential to accountable and effective practice. The MPA program contributes directly to solutions to public challenges of our times through research and public service projects that involve students in experiential learning. The program also seeks to develop relationships with practitioners, fostering a professional focus and approaching public administration and nonprofit management and furthering the values of the field.

A professional degree with the potential to make a real difference

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree prepares students for career positions in government and nonprofit organizations and private sector companies that work closely with these agencies. It is the preferred professional degree for anyone whose ambition is a career in public or nonprofit management.

The School of Public Policy and Administration MPA program at the University of Delaware  is usually 

Master of Public Administration graduate degree program accredited

completed in two years of full-time study.  Some students take courses part-time.  The Career Enhancement Option is a part-time accelerated program, designed for working professionals with three to five years of experience to complete their MPA degree in just over three years.

Download the Master of Public Administration brochure.

The MPA program at the University of Delaware is fully accredited by The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and subscribes to NASPAA's Member Code of Good Practice. The MPA program at the University of Delaware is the only NASPAA-accredited MPA program in the state.

How do I decide between the MA and MPA programs?

We have created a chart (in .pdf format) to help compare and contrast the two programs.