Graduate Programs

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Public Administration: M.P.A. Online

Secure Your Future as a Public Service Leader

Today’s public service professionals need to meet evolving challenges with effective leadership and managerial skills. The Biden School of Public Policy and Administration’s online master of public administration (M.P.A.) from the University of Delaware helps you strengthen your knowledge and skills in these areas using applied research and case studies. Learn from an interdisciplinary faculty of experienced practitioners to build the strategies necessary to help shape policy and implement effective solutions in government, nonprofit and private sectors.

This flexible online program is founded on a model of integrating theory and practice into applicable solutions. It will challenge you to examine case studies and apply best practices to enhance your foundation in public service management strategy and prepare for leadership roles.

In this 36-credit (30 month) program you will:

  • Explore the latest research on emergent needs in public service
  • Gain the knowledge and management skills to lead organizations through today’s most pressing challenges
  • Study curriculum developed by a faculty of practitioners in the field

This program prepares you with the management competencies and acumen that are essential for accountable and effective leadership in public service.

This program is available online.


Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a “rolling" basis upon completion and submission to the Graduate College.



January 15: Priority consideration to apply

August 15: Final deadline to apply


December 15: Priority consideration to apply

January 15: Final deadeline to apply.


April 15: Priority consideration to apply

May 15: Final deadline to apply.

UD Tuition

The 2024-2025 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,069.