MPA Online Program

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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from CLU helps you build nationally recognized professional competencies for today’s leader in the nonprofit and government sectors. Through one of four concentrations, you will learn to build sustainable communities through public service, develop strategic innovation for collective impact, hone advanced practices of public finance, or manage and lead in complex systems. Relevant coursework allows for immediate application in the real world.

program Overview
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100% Online
Program Length
  • Asynchronous format

  • Interactive learning platforms
  • Discussion forums facilitated by world class faculty

Full-time: 13 months*
Part-time: 26 months

*Full-time status (2 courses per term) must be maintained to complete your master’s degree in 13 months.


Financial Aid may be available

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Admissions Requirements

MPA admissions requirements:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution

  • Submission of university transcripts

  • Current resume or CV
  • No GRE or GMAT Required
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (provisions acceptance may be granted for GPAs under 2.5)


Online Master of Public Administration Courses include:

  • Public Leadership and Governance
  • Program Management and Scenario Building
  • Policy Development and Analysis
  • Introduction to Public Finance
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Civic Engagement and Complex Social Issues
  • Invitation to Inquiry: Foundations of the Claremont Core®
  • Strategic Communication: Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Activating the Core: Research Methods
  • Applying the Core: CLU Capstone


Online Master of Public Administration Concentration options include:

  • Advanced Management and Leadership in Complex Systems

  • Scenario Planning for Public Administration (3 units)
  • Technology Tools for Spatial Planning (3 units)
  • Advanced Practices in Public Finance

  • Innovative Funding Strategies for Social Change (3 units)
  • Legal Frameworks for Public Administration (3 units)
  • Sustainable Communities through Public Service

  • ChangeManagement in Complex Organizations (3 units)
  • Building Networks and Coalition Building (3 units)
  • Strategic Innovation for Collective Impact

  • Innovative Funding Strategies for Social Change (3 units)
  • Masterplans and Policy Evolution (3 units)


Upon completion of your Master of Public Administration, you will be able to:

  • Develop strategies to lead a government or nonprofit organization so that it can achieve long term comprehensive and equitable goals.
  • Assess the political environment (local, regional, national, or global) and develop strategies to achieve specific goals.
  • Analyze and develop policy alternatives to create and implement impactful public policies.
  • Facilitate collective action to achieve solutions that respect and include diverse stakeholder perspectives and achieve equitable results.
  • Integrate ethical, equitable solutions to social, economic, and/or ecological problems across business, government, and civic sectors.


A team of professional educators with a wide range of experience in public leadership and civic engagement contribute to your learning environment at Claremont Lincoln University. Here are just a few you may meet:

Diego Lomelli Trejo, MA, Teaching Faculty

Yonhui Um, JD, Teaching Faculty

Career Paths

As a graduate of the Master of Public Administration program, you will be prepared to approach your career from a new perspective. The skills and competencies this degree offers you can apply to roles in a variety of capacities including:

  • Nonprofit Chief Executive Officer
  • City Budget Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Urban Planner
  • City or County Manager
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Administrative Services Manager

  • Emergency or Crisis Manager
  • Nonprofit Research Analyst
  • Grant Writer
  • Program Manager
  • City Housing Administrator
MPA graduate Matthew Soloman


Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue rewarding careers. Explore their stories of success.

“I left school to go be a rock star, became a filmmaker, and wound up doing consulting and conflict resolution.”

Matthew Solomon, MPA '22