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Online MPA – Program and Policy Analysis Concentration

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Become an Ethical, Analytical Community Leader

100% online coursework

Career-focused program

Global perspective

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  • Duration 1-2 years
  • Cost per Credit $660
  • Credit Hours 12

Program Benefits

  • Gain skills to advance in your career
  • Become a transformative leader in any community
  • 100% asynchronous online format, eight-week terms
  • No application fee

Build Specialized Skills in Public Policy

In Calvin University’s online MPA Program and Policy Analysis concentration program, you’ll learn from subject matter experts with diverse experiences in public administration. Build skills in statistics, data analysis, and communication through a Christian, liberal arts curriculum designed to help you progress toward your goals. At Calvin, you’ll receive a career-focused education and graduate prepared to advance in your field.

With 100% online, asynchronous coursework, Calvin offers the flexibility to study on your schedule. Access the virtual learning environment to interact with learning materials from anywhere and experience online instruction that matches the quality of classroom learning.

Career Outlook: Make an Impact Through Public Service

With a master’s in public and nonprofit administration and Program and Policy Analysis concentration, you’ll be prepared to make a lasting difference through a variety of careers. Individuals with this degree may qualify for roles such as public policy analyst, executive director, and program manager. According to PayScale, graduates who earn a master’s in program and public policy analysis earn an average of $75,000 per year.1

Potential career opportunities for graduates of the online MPA in Program and Policy Analysis:

  • Government Program Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Executive Director
  • Program Manager
  • Program Director

Government Program Manager

$93,177/year

Government program managers are team leaders who use their expertise to strategically plan, manage, and assess projects under their supervision. These professionals find success with skills in leadership, finance, and analysis.2

Career Outlook

Curriculum: The Elements of Policy Analysis

The online MPA in Program and Policy Analysis consists of 12 credit hours focused on program evaluation, statistical analysis, data wrangling, and data visualization. Graduate with the skills to perform effective evaluation and analysis of public policy.

Course Spotlight: PNA 600 Program Evaluation for Public and Nonprofit Sectors

An introduction to concepts, methods, and tools of program evaluation, with emphasis on evaluating the quality of available information, designing evaluation, analyzing data, and interpreting and reporting results.

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Course Spotlight: INFO 603 Data Visualization

An introduction to the principles and practices of effective data visualization as an essential skill for learning from data and for communicating with others, both within and outside of an organization. Students will combine principles from statistics, psychology and computer science to design and create visualizations and use them to communicate with and about data to stakeholders and others.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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You can complete the program in as little as one year. The concentration requires 12 credit hours, which count toward the 36 credit hours necessary to earn an MPA. To learn more about the curriculum, view our courses page.

Tuition is $660 per credit hour. To complete the MPA, you’ll need 36 credit hours for a total tuition of $23,760. Your concentration will fulfill 12 of these credit hours. Review our tuition page for more information.

No, the MPA does not require an entrance exam. Learn more about admission to the program.

You’ll complete four courses to finish the Program and Policy Analysis Concentration. View the courses.

Those who hold an MPA with a Program and Policy Analysis concentration may pursue career titles such as policy analyst, program manager, and program director. Learn more about the Program and Policy Analysis concentration.

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