Online Master of Public Administration

Impact Organizations as an Ethical and Effective Leader With an Online MPA

Bold, Transformative, Christian Education

Guided by Calvin University’s mission of renewal, the online MPA program equips you with the ethical leadership skills to serve globally as a well-informed and transformational leader. Through our in-depth curriculum, students prepare for diverse careers in various public and nonprofit organizations. The program features diverse concentrations, including:

  • State and Local Government Administration
  • Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Law Enforcement Management and Leadership
  • Health Services Administration
  • Program and Policy Analysis

Graduates excel in nonprofit and government roles in policy analysis, program evaluation, economic development, and administrative management.

At Calvin, your online learning experience will ensure that you’re prepared to move forward with wisdom and influence, impacting our world through Christ. You will receive individualized attention to ensure you’re meeting your goals and given the flexibility you need to succeed.

For students who want to pursue a graduate-level credential without earning a full degree, Calvin offers three 100% online certificates: Public Administration, Nonprofit Administration, and Program and Policy Analysis.

8-Week Classes

36 Credit Hours

1–3 Year Duration

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Gain the Skills You Need to Lead with an MPA Degree

The curriculum in the MPA online program prepares you to take a Christ-centered ethical and efficient approach to leadership and public administration.


Learn to manage teams and goals while using data to solve problems and make evidence-informed decisions in a complex and dynamic environment.

Budgeting & Finance

Learn to manage budgets for non-profits and other organizations.


Communicate and interact productively and in culturally responsive ways with a diverse and changing workforce and society at large.


Articulate and apply a Christian vision for public service across government, society, and the church.

Become a Part of the Calvin University Story

Online or on-campus, we offer rigorous coursework and unwavering commitment to our students. After completing our online degree programs, graduates will enter the world ready to think deeply, act justly, and live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal.

Make a Difference in a Variety of MPA Careers

Employment of social and community service managers is expected to grow 12% between 2021 and 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 That’s just one of the dynamic, change-making careers that you can pursue with a degree in public administration. Our graduates accept the following roles and more:

  • City Manager
  • Public Works Director
  • Government Program Manager
  • Urban or Regional Planner
  • Administrative Service Manager
  • Grants Coordinator
  • Health Services Manager

Calvin University ranked No. 4 in Regional Universities Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2022.

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  1. “Social and Community Service Managers.” Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on February 10, 2022 from