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Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration Careers

Gain the Skills to Serve Local, National, and Global Communities

4 Concentrations

Liberal Arts Foundation

Global Perspective

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Pursue a Variety of Career Possibilities

Government Program Manager $90,187 per year1

Operations Manager $115,250 per year2

Executive Director $104,730 per year3

Urban and Regional Planner $78,500 per year4

Join Growing Fields That Make a Difference

With a Master of Public Administration, you’ll be prepared to change lives. In addition, many fields in which graduates work are growing quickly. No matter the concentration you choose, you will gain access to unlimited opportunities.


Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You’ll Learn

In the online program, you will learn to:

  • Articulate and apply a Reformed Christian vision for public service across government, society, and the church
  • Participate in, and contribute to, the policy process
  • Analyze and synthesize data and think critically to solve problems and make evidence-informed decisions in a complex and dynamic environment
  • Lead and manage in the public interest
  • Communicate and interact productively and in culturally responsive ways with a diverse and changing workforce and society at large

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Finance

Choose from Two Certificates and Four Concentration Options

The online MPA program offers four concentrations and two certificate options for a personalized degree that furthers each student’s individual career goals.

Master of Public Administration Certificate Programs

Choose a certificate in Nonprofit Administration or Public Administration to advance as a leader in your field with the high-value skills and knowledge sought by top employers. Complete your certificate in one year and transition into the master’s program to finish your MPA.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement Concentration

The online MPA Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement concentration is designed to produce highly qualified graduates equipped with skills in community leadership, economic and community development, and transformational self-leadership.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): State and Local Government Administration Concentration

The online MPA with a concentration in State and Local Government Administration explores topics in public management, economic and community development, and local politics to equip students with the skills necessary to become transformational community leaders.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): Organizational Leadership Concentration

The online MPA with an Organizational Leadership concentration provides managerial knowledge and leadership skills to help public and nonprofit administrators make a positive impact in their communities.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): Spatial Analysis Concentration

The online MPA with a Spatial Analysis concentration is intended for public administrators who want to bring expertise in geographic information systems to their careers in public service. Grounded in virtue-driven GIS knowledge and skills, attention is given to spatial data collection and processing, urban and demographic geographies, and foundational cartographic communication.

Career Support

We equip students to succeed on their life-long vocational path by determining their strengths, developing their skills, and discovering God’s call for their lives.

Résumé and Cover Letter Development

We help you navigate the process of developing a resume and cover letter in our Career Center.

Job Postings

Jobs and internships are posted on Handshake for all students to use in their job search.

Alumni Network

Our services extend to you until you retire. We are eager to connect you with Calvin students and graduates seeking networking contacts.

One-on-One Support

We focus on guiding each student based on their individual goals and strengths.