Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Get Your MPA Degree from UNO

The Masters of Public Administration degree is a flexible professional degree for those interested in managing, leading, and most of all, serving the public. Deciding to pursue an MPA is a strategic way of ensuring you have a master's degree that is fulfilling and practical. If you want to make a difference, come join us.

MPA graduates are found in a variety of fields and policy areas across all career sectors. And since the arena of public service is so vast, the degree will enable you to synthesize and transfer all of your education, volunteer work, and professional experience into a meaningful career.

We try to keep our class size small.... ideally seminar sized. Our student body is usually limited to 30-40 well-qualified students.

Nationally Ranked & Accredited

The UNO MPA program is one of four MPA programs in Louisiana that are professionally accredited by NASPAA. For more information about our accreditation, see NASPAA Accreditation.

UNO has only one of two ranked Master of Public Administration programs in Louisiana according to U.S. News & World Report.

Choosing the UNO MPA Program

  • The program offers outstanding faculty who combine academic excellence and practical experience, access to special expertise in hazard policy, nonprofit leadership, and transportation administration.
  • Opportunities to work and learn in New Orleans
  • Convenient class schedules; instruction in a traditional classroom setting with some coursework offered online
  • A diverse student body

Joint Juris Doctorate Degree

We offer a joint JD (law degree) with the School of Law at Loyola University New Orleans.

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The MPA program offers specializations in Nonprofit leadership (NPL), Hazard Policy, and Transportation Administration.

Enhancing the Quality of Public Service

According to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree is the core professional degree for a management career in public service. The curriculum is designed to aid students in developing the skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs that resolve important societal problems. Graduates of an MPA program work in all levels of government (federal, state, and local), in nonprofits, in international organizations, in consulting firms, and in the private sector.