Master of Public Administration

The MPA at ODU prepares students for careers as professionals in public service and provides students who have considerable experience in the public sector an opportunity to enhance their professional knowledge, skills and abilities, enabling them to advance their careers.

Our graduates hold positions as city managers, program planners, policy analysts, and managers in federal, state, and local agencies, as well as non-profit agencies.

Students have the opportunity to specialize in areas like Non-Profit Management and Governance, and Multi-Sector Public Service, while earning Graduate Certificates in Public Procurement and Contract Management, Women's Studies, Social Justice & Entrepreneurship, or Business Analytics and Big Data.

Program Contacts

Administrative Assistant Strome College of Business
Lecturer School of Public Service
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Flexible Online Classes to Meet Your Schedule
  1. Live in Hampton Roads? Take courses online and have time for work and family.

  2. Live outside of Hampton Roads...or Virginia...or the United States? Complete the entire MPA program online (online tuition is comparable to in-state rates)!

  3. In the military or travel a lot? Take classes online and complete your degree wherever you go!

  4. Classes are offered online for students employed full time who wish to pursue graduate education on a part-time basis.

  5. Full-time students typically complete the program within two years.

  6. Part-time students usually only require a little over 3 years to complete the program.