MBA in Public Administration

Online MBA in Public Administration

Explore your passion for public service. With an MBA in Public Administration from the Forbes School of Business® at Ashford University, you will enhance the management skills you need to perform effectively within public, government, or non-governmental organizations. Through three specific courses of the Public Administration specialization, you will be enabled to master the complexities of promoting civil society and social justice while developing a wide range of expertise in budgeting, human resources, quantitative methods, and public policy.

Earn your MBA with Public Administration specialization online

While you’re out serving your community, don’t put your own education on hold. Earn an online public administration focused degree on your schedule. Using Ashford’s online textbooks and state-of-the-art mobile apps, you can stay in contact with students, professors, and course discussions while on the move. Advance your career in public service today.

What is an MBA in Public Administration?

An MBA in Public Administration is a Master of Business Administration with a specific focus on managerial skills for public, government, and non-governmental organizations. A Public Administration MBA combines the foundation of a graduate degree in business with specialized study in public administration theory and practice, from public policy development to budgeting, human resources management, and quantitative methods that promote civil society and social justice. Popular careers for individuals with an MBA in Public Administration may include government administrators, non-profit managers, compensation and benefits managers, labor relations specialists, and policy managers.

To learn more about what an MBA in Public Administration involves, access information regarding MBA classes and courses, MBA program details and more.

Public Administration MBA Courses

(9 credits, each course is 3 credits)

To achieve your MBA in Public Administration, you must complete these three courses of the MBA in Public Administration specialization in addition to the core MBA courses.

PPA 601 Foundations of Public Administration
This course examines the theory and practice of public administration, its legal and constitutional foundation and the role of the public administrator in public policy. The context of the course discussions is based on the current issues facing public agency administrators.

PPA 603 Government Budgeting
This is a comprehensive, straightforward examination of government budgeting. Topics deal with include the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to revenue projection, the collection and review of departmental proposals, the development of capital budgeting policy and other budgeting tasks. Also addressed are budget implementation, accounting and financial reporting. A variety of methods for maintaining budgetary balance, preventing overspending and dealing with contingencies are presented and discussed.

PPA 699 Public Policy Development
This capstone course is an examination of influences affecting policy development and decision making in the urban political arena. It also covers policy management, policy execution, establishing and measuring criteria for policy success, and effective communication throughout the public policy process. This course is cumulative in nature, integrating knowledge and information attained while completing the entire MPA curriculum. In addition, this course requires the generation and presentation of an analysis of a community development project.

If this online MBA specialization fits your personal goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.