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Master’s in Public Administration (MPA)

Trevecca’s Master of Public Administration equips students to lead and serve in government, business, nonprofit or private settings. This versatile degree allows students to specialize in one of eight tracks: health care, data analytics, project management, management and leadership, human resources, entrepreneurship and innovation, crisis and emergency management or nonprofit leadership and management.

Program Benefits

  • Complete your degree online in 18 months with no residency requirements.
  • Take only one class at a time with all materials delivered to you.
  • Complete your program with a supportive cohort of students working toward similar goals.
  • Enjoy the collaborative and cooperative learning environments made possible by our small class sizes.
  • Learn from faculty who possess the highest degrees in their fields and have relevant and valuable real-world experience.

What to Expect

With your master’s in public administration, you’ll be poised to become an impactful and influential servant leader at the local, state or national level. Our curriculum combines leadership training, communication skills and administrative concepts to equip you to work in government, nonprofit and private sectors for the common good. 

You’ll begin with nine required courses where you’ll learn foundations in public administration; public financial administration; business analytics; organizational behavior and leadership; public sector structure, institution and politics; state and local government structure, law and practice; and change management and strategic planning for complex organizations. Then tailor your degree with three courses in one of the following eight specialized tracks:  

  • Health Care
  • Data Analytics
  • Project Management
  • Management and Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Crisis and Emergency Management
  • Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith and education intersect. We are committed to educating the next generation through servant leadership.

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Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

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Tuition Cost*


*$150 Student Resource Fee assessed per course. Books are not included.

Admission is based on a careful appraisal of the applicant's academic record, performance and work experience.

Getting Started

  1. Complete the online application (it's free!). No GRE or GMAT scores required.
    Need help applying? Read the step-by-step instructions here!
  2. Fill out the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.
  3. Request official transcripts from your undergraduate institution.
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For the past 20 years, Trevecca has offered fully online academic programs that allow students to earn their degree in a format that works for them. We understand life is busy and you may not have time to attend classes on campus. Whether you’re a working adult or simply live outside Nashville, we make it easy to focus on one class at a time, any time—24/7. Classes are taught online with books and materials delivered to your front door. Online students also benefit from a cohort model, where students begin and complete their degree alongside a group of other online classmates working toward similar goals. 

With our digital programs, you can expect the same level of quality and rigor that Trevecca has provided students since its inception in 1901. Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. In 2016, the Carnegie Foundation classified Trevecca as a doctoral university, ranking it among the top seven percent of schools nationwide. Regionally, the Nashville Business Journal named Trevecca as the fastest growing university in Middle Tennessee in 2019.

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  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized regional accrediting agency or the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Students who do not meet these degree requirements may be conditionally accepted in accordance with the Conditional Admission Policy.
  • 2.75 cumulative minimum GPA    
  • Prior credit of a college math course with a grade of a “C” or higher reflected on transcript or equivalent.
  • Prior credit of a college English composition course with a grade of a "C" or higher reflected on transcript or equivalent.
  • Provide a photo of government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID, military ID or passport). This requirement ensures that Trevecca complies with the U.S. Department of Education expectations for student verification. 

If you feel you may not meet these requirements, please fill out the form on the right to be connected with an enrollment counselor.

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The number of transfer credit hours allowed is determined by the degree program requirements and is considered on a case-by-case basis. Transfer credit will be carefully evaluated by the program director/coordinator or advisor/appointee. Transferability will be based on specific criteria:

  • The course is no more than 10 years old.   
  •  The course is relevant to the degree program.
  • The course was taken for graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution.
  •  A minimum grade of a “B” was earned in the course.
  • The applicant meets all entrance requirements for the program.

Permission to take courses at other institutions while working on a graduate degree at Trevecca must be obtained from the dean of the school offering the program or the dean’s designee. Students can transfer a maximum of six credit hours.

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Career Opportunities

With a master of public administration, you’ll be ready to advance your career and tap into higher earning potential. You’ll be equipped for analyst, managerial or director roles in the public or private marketplace. Job titles could include:

  • Development manager
  • Grant writer
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • City government elected official
  • Government affairs director
  • Legislative analyst
  • Federal intelligence analyst
  • Health program analyst
  • Health services manager
  • Clinical research associate
  • Environmental analyst
  • Sustainability manager
  • Policy coordinator
  • Policy analyst
  • Program analyst
  • Management and policy analyst
  • Communications director
  • News and politics editor
  • Policy reporter
  • Social scientist

“The program has helped take my research academic skills to a much deeper level, enhancing my professional competency.”

Fernando Almeida Trevecca graduate


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

Organizational Behavior and Leadership
BUS 5013

Serves as the foundation for the program by providing a survey of key management theories and terminology. Both classical approaches and contemporary conceptualizations of management are studied. Special emphasis is placed on leadership, motivation, culture, team building, and organizational communication.

Masters of Public Administration Program Foundations
PUB 6000

This course introduces incoming MPA students to the study and profession of public administration with an emphasis on leadership and service. The focus is on how government and public organizations serve stakeholders; the manner in which services are provided; how organizational, financial, and human resources are managed; and how evaluation and change is accomplished. Students will develop skills to succeed as graduate students in the program.

Public Administration
PUB 6010

This course investigates theoretical, structural and practical foundations of public administration in the United States. The complexity of real-world issues at federal, state and local levels will be addressed from multiple disciplines (e.g., social, economic, political, ethical). Students will interpret and critique American public service issues through the lens of leadership and service.

Analytics for Public Administration
PUB 6030

This course will provide students with an introduction to data analytic techniques that can be used in the field of public administration. In addition to using Excel to perform various elementary and advanced data analyses, the class will also focus on how to interpret and use these findings to make informed decisions. Major topics to be covered include: descriptive statistics, t-tests, ANOVAs, correlations, and regression analyses.

Public Policy
PUB 6020

his course addresses US public policy formation, process, and analysis. Emphasis is placed on examining the implications of public policy on society, public institutions, private organizations, and businesses as well as social structures, communities, families, and individuals. Students will assess their own responsibility for leading in public policy.

Public Financial Administration
PUB 6060
This course provides the foundation of finance, economics, and accounting for effective and ethical financial decision-making. Fiscal policies on a federal, state, and local level are covered as well as their implications for non-public entities. Students will exercise financial intelligence in analyzing public planning and budgeting as it intersects with spending and accountability policies.
Public Sector Structure, Institutions, and Politics
PUB 6070
This course explores the organization, function, operation and politics of the U.S. public sector. The focus of the course concentrates of the foundations of federalism, Constitutional law, federal agency interaction, and differentiation between federal and state/local government, the role of the three branches of government, civil liberties and the political process.
State and Local Government Structure, Law, and Practice
PUB 6040

This course examines the organization, operations, roles and responsibilities in state and local government. The focus of the course concentrates on the different governing structures between state, county and city governments and the managerial distinctions for each of these governing bodies. The content also addresses applicable administrative law and managerial practices associated with economic development, education policy, criminal justice, and social welfare.

Change Management and Strategic Planning for Complex Public/Nonprofit Organizations
PUB 6050
This course introduces leadership theories relevant to strategic planning and change management. This involves using strategies for innovative thinking, conflict resolution, and project implementation. Students are required to synthesize learning gained throughout the MPA program. Students will integrate scholarly theories, practical strategies, real-world experiences, and ethical and value-based principles to address a customized case study.

Choose a Track

Crisis and Emergency Management
Data Analytics
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Health Care Administration
Human Resources Management
Management and Leadership
Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Project Management

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.