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Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA)

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5 Concentrations

Career Focused

Global Perspective

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  • Duration 1–2 years
  • Cost per Credit $660
  • Credit Hours 36

Program Benefits

  • Strengthen your leadership and administrative skills through our distinctively Christian program
  • Transfer up to nine credit hours and graduate in as little as one year
  • Complete a graduate certificate or pursue a full master’s degree with a specialized concentration to fit your public or nonprofit sector career goals

Make a Difference With an Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration

The MPA program embodies Calvin’s mission to provide a faith-based, liberal arts education to those looking to make a positive impact in the world. The 100% online program offers unique concentrations, an optional certificate, and a wide range of electives so you can craft your educational experience in a way that works best for your life and career. The MPA curriculum incorporates practical skills and a sense of inquiry. Graduates of Calvin’s MPA program excel in public health, policy analysis, program evaluation, economic development, and administrative ethics.

Asynchronous courses combined with personal support allow you to further your education while maintaining personal and professional commitments. Complete the program in 1–2 years, ready to make a difference.

The MPA program launched in fall 2022 with a Public Administration Certificate only, which includes the master’s program’s first two courses. The full MPA is currently in the program approval process and is scheduled to begin fall 2023, and courses from the Public Administration Certificate will apply to the full master’s program.

The online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration program is currently pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Advance in Growing Careers that Make an Impact

The online master’s program at Calvin University prepares you for change-making careers that are in high demand. For example, employment of social and community service managers will grow 15% between 2020 and 2030,1 and that’s just one of the many career fields our graduates pursue. Find more roles you’ll qualify for with a Master of Public Administration degree.

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Christ-Centered, Career-Focused Coursework

Flexible Curriculum

Global Perspective

The 36 credit hours of coursework in the online degree program provide you the flexibility you need to map your future through diverse electives and concentrations. Because public and non-profit administration professionals work across a range of organizations, we know you need options. Our experts will help you create a degree plan that works for you.

Here’s a sample of MPA course titles:

  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Local Politics and Government
  • Issues in Law Enforcement Policy and Practice
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Apply to Earn Your Online Master’s Degree

No GRE/GMAT Required

No Application Fee

To apply for Calvin’s online master’s program, you’ll need:

A completed application
A bachelor’s degree
A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (consideration will be given to candidates with a 2.8 – 3.0 GPA with work experience and other qualifications, contact an Admissions Counselor for more information)
Official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
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We Can Help You Meet Your Education Goals

$660 per credit

$23,760 total estimated tuition, not including fees

Financial aid available

We understand that paying for your degree can be an investment. You’ll have a dedicated tuition planner to discuss your finance options so your education is affordable.

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What You’ll Learn

The Master of Public Administration program allows you to acquire the skills you need in a flexible online environment. You’ll graduate prepared to make an impact in your chosen organization and field.

Program Outcomes

In the online MPA program, you will learn to:

Faculty Spotlight

Mark Hessler

Mark Hessler, Program Director


  • Bachelor of Science (BS) – Criminal Justice – Grand Valley State University (1993)
  • Masters of Public Administration (MPA) – Grand Valley State University (1999)

Academic Interests

  • Public and Nonprofit Administration
  • Public Management and Policy
  • Local Politics and Government
  • Management and Leadership
  • Law Enforcement Policy and Practice
  • Law Enforcement : Leading Organizations, Structure, Culture, and Change
  • Security Studies
  • Criminal Justice

Teaching Focus

  • Public and Nonprofit Administration
  • Local Politics and Government
  • Public Policy
  • Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Leadership, Policy and Practice

Research and Scholarship

  • Public and Nonprofit Leadership: Service, Influence, and Transformation
  • Issues in Law Enforcement policy and practice
  • Criminal Justice and Security Studies

Your Support Network

All of our instructors and staff are dedicated to your success. With diverse experience and a commitment to students, our faculty will support you every step of your journey. Their real-world experience is reflected in the classroom curriculum, ensuring that you’ll graduate prepared for the challenges and opportunities of public and nonprofit administration.

Online Learning That Fits Into Your Life

The program engages all areas of life. At Calvin, we believe that learning comes from doing, and we maintain our commitment to practical, hands-on application and experience for online students.

Embrace the flexibility of an online program coupled with individualized instruction.

Online Student Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 1-855-474-8346.

The MPA program can be completed in 1 – 2 years.

Tuition is $660 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 36 credit hours for a total tuition of $23,760. Review all tuition costs.

You can apply here:

Application, official transcripts, resume, essay/personal statement; possibly Letters of recommendation but undecided so far. Contact an admissions counselor for more information.

11 – 12 courses.

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