Master of Public Administration - Local Government Management

About the Program

Are you ready to advance your career in local government? Our Master of Public Administration degree program will prepare you to excel. It delivers our fully accredited curriculum in a convenient online format. You'll be learning from one of the best: U.S. News & World Report ranked our M.P.A. program among the top five in the nation in the field of local government management.

Our online program is led by the same award-winning M.P.A. faculty members who teach in NIU classrooms. It’s easy to make the program work with your schedule. You complete the coursework on your own time, at your own pace. By taking two courses each semester, you can obtain your master's degree in less than three years. You’ll also build your professional network and connect with top scholars.

Program Mode of Delivery

The program is 100% online.


You'll take classes exclusively in the topic of local government management such as:

PSPA 630 - Local and Metropolitan Government
PSPA 632 - Local Government Administration
PSPA 635 - Local Economic Development Policy
PSPA 650 - Leadership in Public Sector Organizations

Information about specific course requirements can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

To apply to the online MPA program, you must have at least two years of employment in local government, a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate studies, at least one undergraduate course in U.S. government and an undergraduate course in mathematics or statistics.

Start your application now with the NIU Graduate School.


Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online master's degree
College: School of Public and Global AffairsDepartment of Public Administration
Credits Required: 39 credits
Tuition per Credit: $599.75 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Preferred Deadline
Spring December 1
Fall July 15

For international applicants

Term Preferred Deadline
Spring October 1
Fall May 1



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